WELCOME TO SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Moving in tandem with the district's new online services and information, Special Education is also hoping to make the experience of our families, staff, and students as good as possible. While we are always available to answer your questions on the phone, in person, or via email, we also want to keep adding to our website to deliver needed information in a way that is fast and easy. Please let us know if you have suggestions.
What is Special Education?
Special education is a system of supports available to students with disabilities that adversely affect their education and require specially designed instruction. Primary support is provided by trained teachers and other professionals who work with parents on a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Access and delivery of these services is governed by federal and state law, as well as local school board policies. Special education is provided at no cost to parents and includes the related services a student needs to access her/his educational program.
Where are services provided?
Each school is staffed with special education teachers and support staff including speech pathologists, school psychologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, etc. The learning needs of most students can be met by teachers and support staff in their neighborhood school. For students with more complex learning needs, center-based services may be provided.
Who does Special Education serve?
Children and young adults from birth through age 21 who are residents of the Marysville School District are entitled to receive special education services after meeting eligibility requirements. Children aged zero to three are served by a community agency in collaboration with the district. Preschool-aged children are served at their neighborhood elementary or in the district’s own developmental preschools depending on their needs. School-aged children and young adults(ages 5-21) are served in the district’s 22 schools.
All students receiving special education services have been found eligible through a process of evaluation, consultation, and planning that follow federal and state guidelines.
What if I am concerned about my child?
First, talk to your child’s classroom teacher about your concerns. Every school has a process in place to provide help when there are concerns about student learning. You may also talk to the counselor, psychologist, or administrator from your school.
One outcome of that process might be a referral for a special education assessment, for which your written permission is required. When that assessment is finished you will be invited to a meeting at the school to discuss the results, consider your child’s eligibility for special education services and if eligible, help plan for your child’s Individualized Education Program.
If you have concerns about a child who is not yet in school, please call or email us at the Marysville Special Education Office.
What is Child Find?
Each school district has a duty to locate students residing within the district who might be in need of special education. This responsibility is called “child find.” In order to meet its “child find” obligations, your district will have procedures in place to locate, identify, and evaluate students between the ages of 0 and 21 who are suspected of having a disability and may be eligible for special education and related services.
In the Marysville School District, the process can be broken down into three broad categories. These three categories are children age 0-3, preschool-age (3-5), and school-age (5-21).
Referral Process for Children age 0-3:
Marysville School District provides special education services to children age 0-3 who are residents of the district and are found via evaluation to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C). If found eligible, the child would receive an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to address identified delays.
Anyone can make a referral if they have concerns about a child's development. These concerns tend to focus on five main developmental areas including cognitive development, communication (speech and language), physical development, social/emotional development, and adaptive self-help skills.
If you have concerns about a child's development, please call Snohomish County Birth-to-Three Program at (425) 388-7114. For additional information on this process, you can also contact Ms. Moani Mahinai at (360) 965-0176.
Referral Process for Preschool-age children (3-5):
Marysville School District provides special education services to children age 3-5 who are residents of the district and are found via evaluation to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B).
Following a referral, your child’s development will be screened and/or formally evaluated by a group of qualified professionals determined by the area(s) of concern. If found eligible, the child would receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address those area recommended by the evaluation team.
Preschool-aged children are served at their neighborhood elementary school or in the district’s own developmental preschools depending on their needs.
If you have concerns about a child's development, please call (360) 965-0170 to set-up a screening.
Referral Process for School-age children (5-21):
Marysville School District provides special education services to children age 5-21 who are residents of the district and are found via evaluation to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B).
Concerns about school-aged students should be directed to your child’s teacher, principal, school counselor, or specialist. Each school has a process to accept referrals and include you in the next steps which may include interventions, screening, or formal evaluation. Following a written request for initial evaluation, this group will make a determination whether or not to evaluate the student within 25 school days.
If found eligible for special education services via evaluation, the child would receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address those areas recommended by the evaluation team.
Related Services and Specialists
Supportive services are provided to assist a child with a disability, allowing them to benefit from special educational opportunities. Related services are carried out at the student’s school, but may include pullout, direct service, consultation, and/or collaborative work with the student’s team. Some special needs students qualify for one or more related services, including:
- Speech and Language Pathology (SLP)
- Vision Services
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- Orientation and Mobility (O&M)
- School Health Services
Marysville’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Since 2008, an important part of our student’s lives and helping shape the future our schools has been the work of the Marysville Special Education Parent-Teacher-Student Association (MSEPTSA).
Through regular meeting with their stakeholders and direct guidance to the district, MSEPTSA has played an active role in assisting parents, mobilizing resources, connecting families, and serving as a united voice on the things that matter to students.
In the fall of 2016, this group transitioned into the Marysville Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
The group exists to supports parents, students, and the district in improving lives --and to make the potential of ever person (with disability or not) a reality.
Would you like to contribute to the council or help plan something for our students? Please contact the district special education office for details on parent leaders who can help. In addition, the work of the Leah's Dream Foundation has become a leading local voice for those in the community with disabilities. They can be contacted directly for information both on their efforts inside and outside of our schools.
Get connected through their Facebook Page.
As the year progresses, we hope to create information regarding IEP Online that will make its use faster and more effective.
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