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Special Education

Who We Are

Elizabeth West - Executive Director of Special Education

Karen Joy - Director of Special Services

Kathy Wilcox - Secretary - (360).575.7008

Chelsea Collins - Secretarial Assistant - (360).575.7052

2715 Lilac St., Longview, WA 98632

Office: 360.575.7008
Fax: 360.575.7108

What We Do

Special education in Longview Public Schools is not a “place:” rather, it is a set of services provided for students with disabilities. The Longview Public Schools recognizes that each and every student’s academic success is our top priority. While some children have few learning challenges, others may need greater assistance. When a child needs more support than can be provided by the classroom teacher, the district begins a process to determine what services are needed. Longview Schools collaborate with families to serve the individual needs of children. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that helps guide school teams and families in the qualification of students and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Special Education Services support student learning by delivering specially-designed instruction for students with disabilities or developmental delays.

Frequently Asked Questions


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 conduct 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. 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.

Children, birth through age 5, whose family or care givers would like more information about their child’s development can contact the Longview Pre-school program at 360-575-7006 to discuss the process and receive a free Child Find Screening.

Each school has a Student Support Team (SST) that meets regularly to assess and monitor school aged students’ learning needs. When a student needs more support than can be provided by the teacher, the SST may refer a child for evaluation to determine if special education is appropriate.

School aged children through age 21, whose family or care givers that would like more information on how to refer a child for special education can contact their Longview school counselor to discuss the process. 

If the team determines that an evaluation is appropriate, you will receive a letter from the school psychologist who will request permission and coordinate the assessment.

If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the school closest to where you are currently staying for more information. 

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

Procedural Safeguards - English


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