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Special Education

At SoWashCo Schools, we provide a comprehensive program for students with unique learning needs. We offer a continuum of services to address student needs in the areas of: academics, social and emotional wellbeing, behavior, nursing, communication, and assistive technology.

The district offers special education and related services for all of the 13 disability categories, and serves approximately 2,800 students age birth through 21. SoWashCo Schools offers a wide range of service delivery models to include home-based services for infants and toddlers and a wide variety of school-based services for school- aged students. Students aged 18 through 21 have transition services in a variety of settings to provide post-secondary education, independent living skills, and employment opportunities to assist students with the transition to life as a young adult. 

The philosophy of SoWashCo Schools is to provide a continuum of services and to support students in their neighborhood schools to the greatest extent possible. We are proud of our continuous improvement and progressive program development to meet the changing needs of students.

Contact

Erin McKoy

Erin McKoy
Interim Director of Special Services
651-425-7206
emckoy@sowashco.org

Resource Fair

Special Education Resource Fair

Join SoWashCo Schools Department of Special Services for a free Resource Fair that is open to all families, caregivers, educators and community members who are passionate about supporting children's growth and development. We will have information, resources and a supportive community available to connect and collaborate with you and your family on services that fit your child's needs. 

The event features: 

  • Free Immunization Clinic - SoWashCo Schools is partnering with Homeland Health Specialists and Washington County Public Health to offer free vaccinations to students ages 18 and younger. 
  • Assistive Technology (AT) Interactive Showcase - Explore and interact with some of the innovative tools and technologies used to foster independence and academic success for learners with AT needs, including tools for communication, reading and writing. 
  • Special Services Partnerships - Connect with special education staff to gain insights into the special education system, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 plans and advocacy strategies to partner as a team effectively to ensure your child receives the support they need to thrive in school.
  • Social Stories and Visual Support - Learn about and explore the use of social stories and visual supports, powerful tools for promoting social-emotional learning and communication skills in children. Explore resources and examples to help your child navigate social situations and manage emotions effectively with an opportunity to make and take some home. 
  • Transitions to Adulthood Panel - Prepare for the journey ahead as your child transitions into adulthood. Hear from experts and community members about available resources, vocational training programs and independent living options to support your child's transition into adulthood. 
  • Social-emotional Well-being Supports - Access resources and information to support your child's mental health and social-emotional well-being. Learn about available counseling services, support groups and coping strategies for both children and families in our schools and communities.
  • And more!

Additional vendors and services will be available for you to connect with. Please note vendors and services may not all be affiliated or partners with SoWashCo Schools. 

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Special Education Resource Fair

Join SoWashCo Schools Department of Special Services for a free Resource Fair that is open to all families, caregivers, educators and community members who are passionate about supporting children's growth and development. We will have information, resources and a supportive community available to connect and collaborate with you and your family on services that fit your child's needs. 

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Special Education School Contacts

Programs and Services

SoWashCo Schools offers a continuum of services to meet student's needs in the least restrictive environment. Below is a list of available supports should your child require specialized services.

MediCaid in Education (Third-Party Billing)

 

 

Restrictive Procedures Plan

Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) acts as an advisory body to the school district through the Director of Special Services on behalf of students receiving special education services. SEAC works towards the district’s mission which is to educate students for success by serving the individual needs of each eligible child by providing access to appropriate services to make progress towards meeting their annual goals.

Please consider joining us for our first Special Education Advisory Council meeting on January 16, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.

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  • Introduce our Special Services District Administrators
  • Review our organizational structure
  • Share about our work across birth to graduation
  • Invite you to consider becoming a council member
  • Answer general questions you may have about our presentation or department

We hope to see you there!

Reasons to Become Involved in SEAC:

  • Help other families and children with disabilities

  • Support school professionals in the district

  • Contribute to the community

  • Learn information and skills to work more effectively with the school district

  • Meet others with similar goals, both parents and school professionals

  • Build positive relationships with others in the district

  • Become more knowledgeable about special education

  • Share unique perspectives and insights as a parent to help the school district work more effectively with families and improve outcomes for children