SPECIAL STUDENT SERVICES
The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program
The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 399.115(7).
Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school. The Neah-Kah-Nie district liaison contact is Stacey Dills, Special Education/Special Student Services Director. She can be contacted by phone at 503-355-3556 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a link to the state program website: www.ode.state.or.us\Go\HomelessEd
Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment:
Neah-Kah-Nie School District provides special education and related services to all resident school-age children with disabilities, except as provided in OAR 581-015-2045. “School-age children” are children who have reached five years of age but have not yet reached 21 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year.
School districts must identify, locate and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disability, who are in need of early intervention, early childhood special education, or special education services, including:
- Highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children)
- Children who are wards of the state
- Indian preschool children who reside on reservations
- Children who are suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade
- Children enrolled in public charter schools
- Children who are home schooled
- Children below the age of compulsory school attendance who are not enrolled in a public or private school program; and
- Children above the age of compulsory school attendance who have not graduated with a regular high school diploma
If you have or know of a student that may need special education or related services, please contact Special Education Director, Heidi Buckmaster at 503-355-2272 extension 3551.
Child Find notices are also include in the Headlight Herald for all Tillamook County Schools, and the student handbooks provided at the beginning of each year.
Response to Intervention (RtI) » Evaluation » Eligibility:
Neah-Kah-Nie School District utilizes a combination of “Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses and Response to Intervention” to determine eligibility for special education services.
Parent Participation in pre-referral, referral and evaluation process is essential to developing the best educational program for all of our students whether or not they are eligible for special education and related services.
Notice of Procedural Safeguards:
School districts must give parents a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards at a minimum only one time per year, except that a copy must be given to the parents:
- Upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation
- Upon request by a parent; and
- Also to the child, at least a year before the child’s 18th birthday
Notice of Procedural Safeguards is sent to all eligible Neah-Kah-Nie students at the beginning of the school year through the mail and are offered at each IEP meeting. At any time, a copy of the most current procedural safeguards may be requested by contacting any school or the district office.
Special Education and 504:
Contact: Dr. Heidi Buckmaster by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone 503-355-3551
English Language Learners (ELL)
For students with Limited English Proficiency Contact: Paul Erlebach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 503-355-3501 or Patty DeGandi by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 503-3552
Talented and Gifted (TAG)
Early Intervention Early Childhood Education (EIECSE)
Conatct: Northwest Regional Education Service District at 503-842-8423