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. Anyone may refer a student for an evaluation to determine if the student qualifies for services. The referral needs to be in writing (unless, of course, you are unable to write) and forms are available in each school office. 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 Special Services office.
Eligibility for special education services requires that we conduct an evaluation. The result of the evaluation must show that the child has a disability as defined in Chapter 392-172A of the Washington Administrative Code, and that this disability has a negative effect on the child making progress in what is being taught in the general education classroom, and that the student requires specially designed instruction. If the child is a preschooler, the disability would need to cause the child to fall behind in activities that children without a disability do.
Services that eligible students receive need to address their individual needs. These services are outlined in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that school staff and parents jointly develop.
There are many legal rules and regulations that determine what happens in special education. They are outlined in WAC 392-172A and are written in legal language. Further information may also be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
District-Wide Special Education Services
Ocean Beach School District is dedicated to meeting the needs of all children. The Special Education Department services children with disabilities ages 0 to 21. Children ages birth to 3 are eligible and served under the Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program. Please see our Early Childhood Webpage, which also discusses preschool special education services, and other community early childhood resources.
Programs are developed on an individualized basis, determined by the individual needs of each child.
Specialized Staff serving students:
- Developmental Preschool
- Speech / Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapist
- School Psychologists
- Instructional Assistants
- Registered Nurse
- Special education Teachers