Special Education

Meeting the needs of our students

Finley School District provides a variety of programs and services for students with disabilities.  Special Education teachers, a school psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, and an occupational therapist are all members of building-level multidisciplinary teams.  These teams, along with regular education teachers, counselors, and administrators develop appropriate programs to meet the needs of disabled students.

Special Education Preschool Program

The Finley School District special education preschool program provides services for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who have developmental delays in one or more of five developmental areas.  The developmental areas include cognitive, motor, communication, social skills, and self-help skills.  Children with health impairments that affect their ability to learn, students with visual impairments, students who have hearing impairments, and students diagnosed with Autism are also eligible.

Preschool screenings are available on Monday mornings.  Appointments for screenings may be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  The screenings take approximately one hour to complete.  Please contact the elementary school at 509-586-7577 to set up an appointment.  If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are currently staying for a screening.

Child Find Program

Finley School District operates a Child Find program to identify, locate and evaluate all children from infancy to age 21 residing in our district boundaries who need special education and related services.  If you would like more information, or if you know of any families with children that may be eligible for services, we encourage you to contact the building principal or the Special Services Manager at 509-586-3217.  If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are currently staying for more information.

Availability of Public Documents

Parents and community members may review, upon request, policies and procedures, evaluations, budgets, and services related to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B programs.  If you are interested please contact the Special Services Manager at 509-586-3217.

Special Education Support Center

The Special Education Support Center provides information and support to families, educators and community members who want to understand more about special education services.  The link is www.specialeducationsupportcenter.org

Contacts

Laurie Tufford

Special Services Secretary/Homeless Liaison

509-586-3217

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Amy McLaughlin

Special Services Director

509-586-3217

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