SJE Board Policy 2163 - Instruction


Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students



The ESD 101 special education cooperative member districts recognize 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 students eligible for special education shall be an integral part of the general education programs of the district, and shall 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 of Resolution Agreements


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


Certificate of Attendance


In order to participate in commencement exercises, students must have met the district's 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 graduations.


The district superintendent shall develop and maintain special education procedures necessary to implement this policy.  A copy of this policy and the procedures shall be available to the public.



Cross References:  2162         Education of Students with Disabilities under Section 504

                               3300         Corrective Actions or Punishment

                               3323         Long-Term Suspensions

                               3600         Student Records


Legal References:        RCW 28A.155                        Special Education


                                    RCW 49.60                             Law against Discrimination

                                    WAC 392-172A                      Rules for the Provision of Special Education

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

                                                                                                Improvement Act of 2004

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

                                    28CFR Part 35                        Nondiscrimination on the Basis of

                                                                                                Disability in State and Local

                                    34 CFR Part 99                       Family Education Rights and Privacy Act


                                    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

                                    34 CFR Part 104                     Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap

                                                                                    in programs and activities receiving or

                                                                                    benefiting from federal financial assistance

                                    34 CFR Part 300                     Assistance to States for the Education of

                                                                                    Children with Disabilities and Preschool

                                                                                    Grants for Children with Disabilities

                                    34 CFR Part 303                     Early Intervention Program for Infants and

                                                                                    Toddlers with Disabilities


Management Resources:

                                    Policy News, December 1999  Rule Adoption Leads to Special

                                                                                         Education Policy

                                    Policy News, June 2007           Graduation Ceremonies for Special

                                                                                         Education Students

                                    Policy News, December 2007  Updated Special Education Policy and



Adoption Date:  5/27/08

St. John - Endicott Cooperative Schools