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.
The district provides the following special education 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.
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.
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.
- Arc of Washington
- Autism Society of Washington
- Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
- Developmental Disabilities Council
- Intervention Central (RTI Resources)
- PAVE (Partner for Action Voices in Empowerment)
- OSPI Special Education Website
- Guidance for Families about Special Education Services (OSPI)
- Procedural Safeguards
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (WA DSHS)