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Special Education

Referrals

The Special Services Department supports programs for special education. South Whidbey School District serves students, ranging from the ages of 3 to 21, who have been identified as eligible for special education services.

Access to all special education services is through a formal referral and evaluation team assessment process. Once an evaluation team determines that a student has a disability that has an adverse educational impact and that the student requires specially designed instruction, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed to meet the needs of the individual student.

For referrals, please contact our school psychologists.

Program Descriptions

South Whidbey Preschool Special Education Services Program
This program serves three to five year olds with a wide range of developmental delays. Communication, adaptive and social skills development are an integral part of the curriculum in providing early intervention and preparing students for kindergarten.  This program model is provided through a cooperative delivery model with Skagit Valley Community College's ECEAP Program.

South Whidbey Elementary - North Campus - Elementary Resource Room Program
K-12 Resource Model is a service delivery model that serves identified special education students assigned to a general education classroom for more than 1/2 of the school day. Specially designed instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a specialized setting.  Students in this classroom are served in specially designed instruction in the areas of reading, written language, math, and social/emotional needs.

South Whidbey Elementary - North Campus - Elementary Intensive Support Program
This program serves students in kindergarten through grade 6 with moderate to severe disabilities. Specially designed instruction may be delivered in the special education classroom, depending on the student's needs in the areas of functional academics and communication, daily living skills, pre-vocational and social-emotional. Some students may require lifting, feeding, diapering and physical interventions. Students in these classes will typically be assessed for state evaluation purposes, using the Washington Alternative Assessment system.

South Whidbey Elementary - North Campus - Elementary Behavior Support Program
This program serves students in kindergarten through grade 4. The program is designed to support students with social/emotional/behavioral concerns.  Specially designed instruction may be delivered in the special education classroom depending on the student's needs.

South Whidbey Elementary - South Campus - Elementary Resource Room Program (Grades 5-6)
K-12 Resource Model is a service delivery model that serves identified special education students assigned to a general education classroom for more than 1/2 of the school day. Specially designed instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a specialized setting.  Students in this classroom are served in specially designed instruction in the areas of reading, written language, math, and social/emotional needs.

South Whidbey Middle School - Middle School Resource Room Program (Grades 7-8)
K-12 Resource Model is a service delivery model that serves identified special education students assigned to a general education classroom for more than 1/2 of the school day. Specially designed instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a specialized setting.  Students in this classroom are served in specially designed instruction in the areas of reading, written language, math, and social/emotional needs.

South Whidbey High School - High School Resource Room Program (Grades 9-10)
K-12 Resource Model is a service delivery model that serves identified special education students assigned to a general education classroom for more than 1/2 of the school day. Specially designed instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a specialized setting.  Students in this classroom are served in specially designed instruction in the areas of reading, written language, math, and social/emotional needs.

South Whidbey High School - High School Resource Room Program (Grades 11-12)
K-12 Resource Model is a service delivery model that serves identified special education students assigned to a general education classroom for more than 1/2 of the school day. Specially designed instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a specialized setting.  Students in this classroom are served in specially designed instruction in the areas of reading, written language, math, and social/emotional needs.

South Whidbey Middle/High School Life Skills Program (Grades 7-12)
This program serves middle school and high school students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities that require alternative curriculum approaches. Many students are lacking basic self care, protection, and communication skills. Some students have serious behavioral challenges in addition to their other needs. The program provides a range of services as appropriate for individual students. These may include functional academics, community based learning, basic needs, functional communication and pre-vocational curriculum. Students in these classes will typically be assessed for state evaluation purposes, using the Washington Alternative Assessment system.  This program also serves our students aged 18-21 years old. This program was developed to address transition from public school to community services, employment, housing, and recreation. Its focus is on developing employment and community access skills through community-based experiences. Students are individually scheduled in a mixture of community and transition based activities.  The amount and time of service is determined through the IEP process.

South Whidbey Related Services
This program serves our students needs with occupational therapy, vision services, speech language therapy, school psychological services, and school health services.

Helpful Links:

OSPI Special Education Rights - http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/Rights.aspx

Contact

Director of Special Programs & Services

Jeff Fankhauser, Ed.D.
(Special Education, Highly Capable Learning (HCL), 504, Title 1, Title II, LAP and EL)
jfankhauser@sw.wednet.edu
Phone: 360-221-6808 ext 4608

Special Programs & Services Specialist

Marie Poolman
mpoolman@sw.wednet.edu
Phone: 360-221-6808 ext 2206

Please fax or email request for special education records to the attention of:
Marie - Special Programs & Services
Fax: 360-221-6272

School Psychologists

Preschool and K-6

Erin Gutzmer
egutzmer@sw.wednet.edu
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360-221-6808 x 4630

Grades 7-12 & Transition program

Sonja Ringsrud
sringsrud@sw.wednet.edu
360-221-6808 x 5414

Speech Language Pathologist

Preschool, Elementary 5-6, Middle School 7-8, High School

Jeremy Frye
jfrye@sw.wednet.edu
360-221-6808 x 4609

Elementary K-4

Becky Breeze
bbreeze@sw.wednet.edu
360-221-6808 x 4401

Occupational Therapist

Preschool - Grade 12
Michael Swenson
mswenson@sw.wednet.edu
360-221-6808 x 4613