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Special Education Services

St. Paul School District is proud to provide special education services to students with disabilities. Students in kindergarten through age 21, who meet eligibility criteria under the law (IDEA) and demonstrate education needs, receive special education services. St. Paul School District operates under the following beliefs:

  • Services should be provided to the students in the least restrictive educational setting
  • Students with disabilities should have access to instructional, curricular, and social opportunities that the general education setting offers
  • Parents are essential partners in educational setting
Special Education Child Find

There is an ongoing process to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, birth through 21 years, residing within the St. Paul School District boundaries, who are suspected of being eligible for special education services.

If a parent suspects his or her child may have a disability, that parent has the right to request an evaluation from the building principal where the child would be or is attending school.

Personally identifiable information will be gathered as a part of the identification process. This information will be maintained to develop a program for students with disabilities. Parents have a right to inspect and review all educational records related to their child at any time and especially before any meeting related to their child is conducted. The building principal assumes the responsibility for ensuring confidentiality of any personally identifiable information maintained at his or her building.

Special Education Eligibility

Special Education services are available at each school in the St. Paul School District. Students identified as eligible for special education services must meet the following two requirements:

  1. Federal and state eligibility requirements as having a disability in at least one of 12 handicapping condition categories.
  2. Needs specially designed instruction.
Laws Relating to Students with Disabilities

There are three laws that protect students with disabilities. These laws ensure that no restrictions be placed on their right to secure the benefits of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The three laws are:

  • PL 93-112 or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112)
  • Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • PL 105-17 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2005, Reauthorization. (IDEA)

A student eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement act as of July 1, 2005) is automatically protected under Section 504 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The IDEA (or IDEIA) ensures that children with disabilities who qualify for special education services are provided a Free Appropriate Public Education with specially designed instruction and related services designed to meet the unique educational needs of the student.

Special Education Acronyms
  • IDEA - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
  • ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education
  • EI - Early Intervention
  • IEP - Individualized Education Program
  • LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
  • LEA - Local Education Agency
  • ODE - Oregon Department of Education
  • ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SLD - Specific Learning Disability
  • OHI - Other Health Impairment
  • TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
  • DD - Developmental Delay (Early Childhood eligibility ONLY)
  • ID - Intellectual Disability
  • HI - Hearing Impaired
  • CD - Communication Disorder
  • RTI - Response to Intervention

Supporting Agencies & Partners

Williamette Education Service District

The Willamette ESD is a multi-faceted agency with a $105 million budget and a workforce of over 435 highly skilled and caring professionals. Our agency is a student-centered organization serving 21 Oregon school districts with a student population of over 82,000 students (K-12)

WESD provides approximately 45 services related to Special Education, Technology, School Improvement and Administrative Services.

Contact Information:
2611 Pringle Road SE
Salem, OR 97302

Ph: (503) 588-5330
Fax: (503) 363-5787
Website: http://www.wesd.org/wesd

Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education fosters excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service to our education partners.

Contact Information:
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203 

Ph: (503) 947-5600
Fax: (503) 378-5156
Website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/home/

Section 504

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met.

Unlike, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 does not require the school to provide an individualized educational program (IEP) that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and provides the child with educational benefits. Under Section 504, fewer procedural safeguards are available to children with disabilities and their parents/guardians than under IDEA.