Special Education

Special Education2020-09-14T14:53:12-07:00

Who we are

Elizabeth WestExecutive Director of Special Education
Karen JoyDirector of Special Education
Kathy WilcoxSecretary - (360).575.7008
Chelsea CollinsSecretarial Assistant - (360).575.7052

2715 Lilac St
Longview, WA 98632

Office: 360.575.7008
Fax: 360.575.7108

What we do

The Longview School District recognizes that each and every student’s academic success is our top priority. Special Services supports student learning by delivering specially-designed instruction for students with disabilities or developmental delays.

Frequently asked questions


What is an IEP?

An Individualized Education Program, or IEP, describes what special education services a student will receive from the school district. It is drafted by an IEP team, which includes the parents. Students begin receiving special education program services as soon as their IEP is signed.

As appropriate, services are incorporated with general education curriculum and interactions with peers who do not have IEPs.

Parent/guardian(s) receive regular reports on students’ progress toward IEPs goals. In addition, the IEP team, including the parent(s), will review and update the IEP annually.


Which children are eligible to receive services?

Children ages birth to 21 may be eligible for special education when they have one of the following disability conditions which significantly affects educational performance and requires specially designed instruction. Students and their guardians who receive services participate in an individualized process.

A developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction

Communication disorder
A speech or language impairment

Deaf and hard of hearing
Significant problems with hearing, even with amplification

Serious problems with sight and hearing

Emotional behavioral disability
Significant problems related to interpersonal skills or other emotional difficulties

Developmental delay
Delays in communication, physical, cognitive or social/emotional development

Other health impairment
Chronic or acute health or nervous system problems

Intellectual disability
Significantly below average intellectual ability manifested during the developmental period

Multiple disabilities
Two or more disabilities present, each requiring specially designed instruction

Orthopedic impairment
Impairments affecting muscles, joints or bones due to disease, disorder or permanent injury

Specific learning disability
A disorder affecting the ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations

Traumatic brain injury
An injury to the brain that occurs after birth and causes significant physical, cognitive and/or social/emotional delays

Visual impairment/blindness
Significant problems with vision even with correction


Transportation is provided as part of the special education services potentially available to students.

The IEP team determines the need for special transportation on an individual basis. Transportation is most often provided for students who are in specialized programs.

Special education students who ride the bus are transported with special education peers.

A guardian or established emergency contact person must meet special education students at their bus stop. Emergency contact people should present photo IDs to receive the student.

For this reason, it is important that contact information for guardians and emergency contact people is kept up to date. If you have recently changed your phone number(s), or have questions about transportation, please contact the transportation department.



How does a student exit out of Special Education Services?
Exiting special services requires the student’s IEP team to meet to review the student’s progress.

  • It may be necessary to conduct a full or partial re-evaluation to determine next steps.
  • The student may graduate and/or reach the age of 21.
  • The parent may revoke permission to continue in special education.


Special education records include IEPs, evaluations and testing results.

Students’ records can be obtained by:

      1. Emailing Chelsea Collins. Records will be emailed after verifying your identity.
      2. Filling out the following form:

    Request to release information (PDF)
    Fax it to 360.575.7108. Please include a return fax number or current mailing address.

    Questions? Call 360.575.7052.

    Please note:

        • The processing time is usually three to five business days. Emailed requests generally can be processed more quickly.
        • Records can be picked up at the district office at  2715 Lilac St.
        • If you are over 18, your records cannot be released to your parent(s), unless the parent has full legal guardianship. You must request and sign for the records.
        • Records that are older than six years are not available. State law does not require districts to retain records for more than six years.
        • If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits, you do not need to provide a copy of your records to the Social Security Administration; they will request the records by an official form.



Child Find is a process designed to locate children, birth through age 21, with a suspected disability to evaluate and identify a need for special education and related services.

Longview Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools.

Approximately ten to fifteen percent of all children have a disability which hinders their educational development. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.

Any child, birth through age 21, whose family or care givers would like more information about their child’s development can contact their local district to receive a free Child Find Screening.

If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are currently staying for a screening. 

Progress Center

Procedural Safeguards: Parent and Student Rights
The Longview Public Schools provides parents a copy of the Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards:

  • At least once every school year.
  • When you or others, including the district, request that your student be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. This process is called a referral.
  • The first time you file a citizen complaint in a school year.
  • The first time you request a due process hearing in a school year.
  • When a decision is made to remove a student for more than ten school days in a year as part of a disciplinary action, and that removal constitutes a change of placement.
  • Upon request.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Longview School District is an Equal Opportunity district in education programs, activities, services, and employment. Longview School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran, or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. We provide equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. If you have a physical or mental disability that causes you to need assistance to access school facilities, programs, or services, please notify the school principal. This district endeavors to maintain an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against should contact the school principal. In addition, the following district employees, located at 2715 Lilac Street, Longview, have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX Coordinator and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Tony VanderMaas, Assistant Superintendent
Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Tony VanderMaas, Assistant Superintendent
2715 Lilac Street
Go to Top