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SiuslaW School District

Special Education Department Overview and Resources Page

The Siuslaw Special Education Department strives to create responsive and unique programs to address the needs of students with disabilities who are on Individual Education Plans, as outlined under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This page will serve as a general overview, as well as a place for us to include resources for parents, families, educators, or anyone interested in special education.

Siuslaw Special Education Program Guidebook

The Siuslaw SD 97J Special Education Program Guidebook is designed as a local reference for all school staff to ensure that they have the resources they need to provide students with disabilities consistent and equitable access to differentiated, individualized services across all classrooms. We also provide this manual to make sure that we provide our students who are eligible for Special Education services and their families with appropriate procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

This guidebook is a living document. It will be updated and edited as new laws and regulations come into being, as new materials are found, or for any reason that could lead to a more useful resource. Please check back regularly for updates.

Siuslaw Special Education Program Guidebook Version January 2021


Special Education Pre-referral Form- This form is for school staff to use to make a referral for consideration for SPED evaluation. If you need any help with this, please contact the Special Programs Office at 541-997-5460.

SPED Pre-Referral Form

SPED Consolidated Improvement Plan (CIP)

Each year, our data is reviewed by ODE for achieving standards on identified indicators. There are 17 indicators that include benchmarks on graduation and dropout rates, assessment and achievement, and placement for students with disabilities. Once the new information is compiled, each district is responsible for data review, needs assessment and updates to our SPED Consolidated Improvement Plan. A copy of that CIP is located at the link below, or you can email Lisa Utz for a copy (lutz@siuslaw.k12.or.us).

Special Education Consolidated Improvement Plan

Links to great websites:

Council for Exceptional Children:  https://www.cec.sped.org/

FACT Oregon: https://factoregon.org/

The ARC of Lane County: https://www.arclane.org/

Oregon Family Support Network: https://www.ofsn.org/