• Special Education

    Special education is a program that provides specially designed instruction (SDI) to address the unique needs of students. This instruction provides students with an education that will prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. All students must be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for and in need of SDI before they can receive support through the special education program. Special education is provided at no cost to parents and this includes the related services a student needs to access their educational program.

    Services

    The district provides the following special education services:

    Valley Early Learning Center (Preschool)
    • academic and behavioral intervention
    • speech and language pathology services
    • occupational therapy
    • physical therapy
    • school psychology services
    Valley School (K-8)
    • academic and behavioral intervention
    • speech and language pathology services
    • occupational therapy
    • physical therapy
    • school psychology services
    Paideia High School
    • academic and behavioral intervention
    • speech and language pathology services
    • occupational therapy
    • physical therapy
    • school psychology services
    Columbia Virtual Academy
    • academic intervention*
    • speech and language pathology services*

    *Special education instruction is provided by special education teachers, speech therapists, and para-educators during video chat sessions in a home-based learning program. Our video-chat approach typically allows CVA staff to address academic and speech needs. The special education team reviews special education information for students considering CVA to determine if their unique needs can be met appropriately from a distance. 

    Referrals

    If at any time you believe your student may need special education, you may contact your student’s teacher, special education staff, school psychologist, or principal. You can also contact the special education department below to request that your student be evaluated for special education.

    Child Find

    The district conducts Child Find activities for the purpose of locating, evaluating and identifying children residing within district boundaries with a suspected disability who are not currently receiving special education and related services. Early identification and intervention helps children become more independent and achieve at higher levels.

    Families with low-income, experiencing homelessness, children in out-of-home (foster) care, and/or children with developmental delay or disability, including speech difficulties, may qualify for preschool services (ages 3-5) at no cost. If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact the school to arrange a free screening for speech, hearing, language, motor, social and learning skills. Individuals from birth to twenty-one years of age may be screened and eligible for district services.

    Contacts

    General Information or Record Requests

    Caitie Klemish
    Special Education Secretary
    Phone: (509) 937-2616
    Fax: (509) 651-7728
    Caitie.Klemish@valleysd.org

    Special Education Co-Directors

    Janet Williams
    Special Education Teacher
    (509) 937-2859
    Janet.Williams@valleysd.org

    Ken Davis
    School Psychologist
    (509) 937-2642
    Ken.Davis@valleysd.org

    Special Education Teachers

    Pamela Harrison
    Teacher - Valley School
    (509) 937-2670
    Pamela.Harrison@valleysd.org

     

    Karen Spencer
    Teacher - Columbia Virtual Academy
    (509) 563-4114
    Karen.Spencer@cva.org

    Jessica LeDoux
    Teacher - Paideia High School & Columbia Virtual Academy
    (509) 563-3458
    Jessica.LeDoux@cva.org

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Shawna Jamison
    Valley School & Columbia Virtual Academy
    (509) 999-8572
    Shawna.Jamison@cva.org

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