SJE Board Policy 2161 – Instruction


Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students



The board recognizes that students whose disabilities adversely impact educational performance and who require specially designed instruction can improve their educational performance when they receive special education and related services tailored to fit their needs.  The district adopts the state's full educational opportunity goal to provide students in need of special education services with a free appropriate public education.


Special education programs for eligible students will be an integral part of the general educational programs of this district, and will be operated in compliance with federal and state requirements governing special education.  The district will provide a continuum of placement options, which may include services within and outside the district depending on the student's needs.


Not all students with disabilities are eligible for special education services.  The needs of those students will be addressed individually and if, appropriate, the student will be provided accommodations or modifications required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in accordance with district policy and procedures.


Mediation or Resolution Agreements

The board authorizes the superintendent or a designee to bind the district to a mediation or resolution agreement.


Commencement Exercises/Certificate of Attendance

In order to participate in commencement exercises, students must have met the minimum criteria for graduation prior to the date of the exercise and otherwise be in good standing with their school through the commencement date.  Minimum criteria for participation may be adjusted for students with an IEP whose disabilities have impacted their opportunity to accumulate credits.  Each student's IEP team will determine the student's graduation plan, including graduation date.  IEP students who have attended four years of high school and need additional time to complete IEP goals and/or credits may request participation in commencement exercises.  IEP students will receive a certificate of attendance until they complete their credits for graduation.


The district superintendent will develop and maintain special education procedures necessary to implement this policy.  This policy and the procedures will be available to the public.



Cross References:       3247 - Required Notification of Isolation or Restraint of Students with

                                    IEPs or Section 504 Plans

                                    3241 - Classroom Management, Corrective Actions Or Punishment

                                    3231 - Student Records

                                    2410 - High School Graduation Requirements

                                    2163 - Response to Intervention

                                    2162 - Education of Students With Disabilities Under Section 504 of the

                                    Rehabilitation Act of 1973


Legal References:        Chapter 28A.155 RCW Special Education

                                    RCW 28A.600.485 Restraint of students with individualized education

                                    Programs or plans developed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

                                    Of 1973 - Procedures - Definitions.

                                    RCW 28A.600.486 District policy on the use of isolation and restraint -

                                    Notice to parents and guardians of children who have individualized

                                    Education programs or plans developed under Section 504 of the

                                    Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

                                    RCW 28A.605.020 Parents' Access to Classroom or School Sponsored

                                    Activities - Limitation

                                    Chapter 49.60 RCW Discrimination - Human Rights Commission

                                    WAC 392-172A Rules for the provision of special education

                                    29 U.S.C. 794 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended

                                    by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974, Pub. L. 93-516, 29

                                    U.S.C. 794

                                    20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004

                                    42 U.S.C. 12131-12133 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

                                    28 CFR Part 35 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and

                                    Local Government Services

                                    34 CFR Part 99 Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

                                    34 CFR Part 104 Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs

                                    and activities receiving federal financial assistance

                                    34 CFR Part 300 Assistance to States for the Education of Children with


                                    34 CFR Part 303 Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with



Management Resource:     2014 - June Issue

                                          2009 - October Issue

                                          Policy News, December 2007 Updated Special Education Policy and


                                          Policy News, June 2007 Graduation Ceremonies for Special Education


                                          Policy News, December 1999 Rule Adoption Leads to Special

                                          Education Policy




Adoption Date:  10-27-14

St. John – Endicott Cooperative Schools