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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.


Erin McKoy

Erin McKoy
Interim Director of Special Services

A student standing at Vail's Afton Alps by the ski chair lift

SoWashCo Schools is currently partnering with Vail's Afton Alps in a supported job training arrangement for identified Special Education students to gain work experience in the community. Through this unique opportunity, students are learning valuable life skills that will help them prepare for their adult lives. 

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.

Special Education

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.

Reasons to Become Involved:

  • 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