Special Education

Special Education Programs and Services

The CPSD provides a free appropriate public education for eligible special education students as provided for in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Clover Park School District serves students with disabilities from ages 3 to 21 and offers a full continuum of placement options. Parents, students, and staff should work through their Individualized Education Program Team to determine the appropriate educational program for the child.

Please contact 253-583-5170 or 253-583-5180 for access to these policies and procedures.

Child Find

Child Find is the process for locating, evaluating and identifying any children from birth to 21 years of age residing in the district (or non-resident children attending private school located within the district) who are in need of special education and related services. A team of professionals will review existing information and conduct screenings in the following development areas: cognitive, communication, physical, social or emotional and adaptive.

Following the scheduled screening, a determination will be made regarding whether the child should be further evaluated for special education services. If you or someone you know suspects a child of having a disability, an appointment to attend a Child Find screening can be made by calling 253-583-5180.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is provided through Head Start, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), Early Head Start, and Title I for general education students and through special education preschool programs for students with special needs. For more information, visit our Early Childhood Education page.

Health Services

Student Services assists schools with:

  • determining the appropriate level of nursing services needed;
  • providing quarterly health clerk training;
  • registered nurse supervision of medication administration;
  • updates on immunization information and technical assistance (go to immunization page);
  • student health care plans;
  • vision, hearing and scoliosis screening;
  • and dental resources.

Home Hospital

Eligible students receive instruction at home by a teacher who coordinates the home instruction with the students' regular teachers. This is a limited service, usually 4 - 18 weeks for a couple of hours each week.

Schools or parents can contact the Student Services office for eligibility requirements and forms, or download the Home Hospital forms here.

Records Requests

To order copies of special education records, please contact 253-583-5181 or email [email protected]. Fax number is 253-583-5188.

Section 504

Special Education can assist you with accommodation plans and other supports for students with disabilities. Procedures and forms are available from the Special Education office. Click here to learn more about your rights under Section 504.

Special Education Records Notification

In compliance with the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives/Public Schools Records Retention schedule, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations on destruction of data collected, maintained or used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education of students with disabilities in the District's schools and per WAC 392-172A-05235, the Clover Park School District Special Education Department will retain Special Education records for six years after a student withdraws from the district or is exited from services.

A former special education student or parent of a former special education student may obtain these records prior to destruction by contacting the Special Education Records Office at 253-583-5181, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 or [email protected].

Who to Contact

Name Position Phone
Dr. Michaela Clancy Director of Special Education 253-583-5177
Kristina Fulps Secretary to the Director 253-583-5177
Sarah Larson Supervisor of Special Education 253-583-5170
Vern Mills Supervisor of Special Education 253-583-5170
Lauren Stout Supervisor of Special Education 253-583-5170
Dr. Holly Patton Supervisor of Special Education 253-583-5170
Jeannette Best Clerk/Technician 253-583-5170
Lani Gatoloai-Solomua Clerk/Technician 253-583-5170
Christopher Van Horn Technical Assistant, Records 253-583-5181
Trent Westhoff IT Support/IEP Online 253-583-5182