Director of Special Programs
Kelso School District Office
601 Crawford Street
Kelso, Washington 98626
Phone: 360-501-1904, Fax: 360-501-1965
Sally Walker, Administrative Assistant, 360-501-1909
Marianne Powers, Secretary, 360-501-1904
Kris Soyars, Autism Coach, 360-501-1947
If you are requesting student records, please fax release to 360-501-1965.
Child Find Information
Kelso Public Schools will ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible from birth through 21 years of age, residing within our attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
For preschool referrals (age 3-5), please call 501-1586.
Right Response Training Dates
Please contact Marianne Powers for future dates, times and locations (501-1904).
Parent and Student Rights
Parents and students have rights related to special education. These rights are described in a document called the Procedural Safeguards (PDF). The Procedural Safeguards is a long, but very important document with which to become familiar. At minimum, review the table of contents. This way, if a dispute should occur between you and your district regarding your child’s educational program (including eligibility), you know the best place to begin your search for information about your rights regarding the particular issue you face. Click here for additional information.
Guidance for Families about Special Education Services
Family involvement has a positive impact on educational outcomes for all students. To support family involvement in special education, OSPI provides user-friendly information and resources on various special education topics.
"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…."
Statutes and Regulations - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Autism Coaching Services
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 360-501-1947
The Kelso School District Autism Consultant offers a variety of services and supports for students and staff:
· Provides Autism Spectrum Disorder consultation to educators, paraprofessionals, and parents of the Kelso School District
· Provides professional development
· Assists building and classroom teams in the following areas:
o Classroom environment and structure
o Visual Supports
o Data Collection
o Behavioral Supports
· IEP/DOE/Wrap-around meeting support
· Assist building teams in the development of Functional Behavioral Assessments, Positive Behavioral Support Plans, and Aversive Intervention Plans
· Instructional Coaching
The above domain areas are directly linked to the three main strategies on the Kelso School District, Road Map for Results:
· Early Learning
· Instructional Improvement
· Career, College and Community Ready
Kelso School District Autism Consultant: Kris Soyars