Student Support

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Student Support in Olympia School District coordinates programs for students with disabilities (special education or Section 504), as well as school-wide programs funded under Title 1 and Learning Assistance Programs (LAP).

Special Education

Special Education provides services to students with certain disabilities that are specified in state and federal laws. Services are free of charge to the parent. Anybody may refer a student for an evaluation to determine if the student qualifies for services. The referral needs to be in writing and should be directed to the student's principal or Social Service Coordinator. If you suspect that your child has a disability and might require special education services and your child is not currently enrolled you may direct the referral to the Student Support Services office.

Eligibility for special education services requires that an evaluation be conducted. The result of the evaluation needs to show that the child has a disability as defined in Chapter 392-172 of the Washington Administrative Code AND that this disability impacts the child's progress and participation in their general education classroom. If the child is a preschooler, the disability would need to cause the child to fall behind in activities that children without a disability are able to do.

Services that eligible students receive address their individual needs. These services are outlined in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that school staff and parents jointly develop. The district offers a continuum of services and placement options in order to address unique individual needs.

There is a multitude of legal rules and regulations that determine what happens in special education. They are outlined in WAC 392-172A and are written in legal language. Please feel free to contact one of us at the Student Support Services office or the Social Service Coordinator at your child's school for some plain language interpretation. Another source of help for interpretation of these rules is an organization called PAVE at 1-800-5-PARENT. Further information may also be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Child Find Notice

Are you worried about your child’s development?

Does your child have a medical disorder or birth defect that interferes with their development?

  • Does the child seem to have hearing or vision issues?

  • Does your child have difficulty communicating with people outside the family?

  • Does your child have difficulty keeping up with other children their age?

  • Does your child have issues learning when they are experiencing social-emotional difficulties?

 

Any child, birth to five, whose family or care givers would like more information about their child’s development can contact their local district to receive a free Child Find Screening.

 

What happens during a Child Find Screening?

 

The purpose of a Child Find Screening is to identify issues that may affect your child’s learning, growth, and development and to help parents identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

During the screening, your child may stack small clocks, cut with scissors, draw, count, name colors, jump, and have fun!

 

After the screening, someone will talk to you about the results and you may be given suggestions, a referral for more testing, or scheduled to have skills rechecked later.  You will have the chance to ask any questions about your child’s development.  The whole process takes about 45 minutes!

 

Where can I go for screening?

 

All school districts in Washington State have Child Find Screenings available.

 

For more information and to schedule a screening in your school district, please contact:

 

Olympia School District, Student Support Services office at (360) 596-7539

 

If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are currently staying for a screening. 

 

WAC 392-172A-02040 - School districts shall conduct child find activities calculated to reach all students with a suspected disability for the purpose of locating, evaluating and identifying students who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disability.


 

Procedural Safeguards

Notice of Procedural Safeguards, OSD Version

Notice of Procedural Safeguards, OSPI Version Other Language Translations (Khmer, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese)

Notice Concerning Educational Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to the student's education records. As a parent you have to be informed of these rights every year. For additional FERPA information visit U.S. Department of Education FERPA site.

Contact Information:

Student Support
1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7530
Fax: (360) 596-7531