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Extended Closure Information for Families

On March 13, 2020, in an effort to aggressively slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Jay Inslee ordered the closure of all schools in the state of Washington for a minimum of six weeks, through April 24, 2020. 

Wenatchee School District recognizes the significant impact an extended school closure will have on our entire community including students, families, and staff. Furthermore, we acknowledge the anxiety this may cause our parents and students, especially those who depend on us for special education instruction and related services. To that end, we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions to help address many of the common concerns regarding how special education services will be impacted by the extended school closure. You are also encouraged to contact your child's case manager with additional questions or concerns.

Thank you for working with us as our entire community responds to COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Response Impact on Special Education Services FAQ

Special Education...a service not a place

Mission - We envision a Wenatchee renowned for making education personal and a local culture that values learning and is committed to success for all.

Special Education
112 South Elliott
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 663-7117 
FAX:  (509) 662-9227

Please email specialeducationrecords@wenatcheeschools.org for records request.

Special Education is a program-planning option that allows parents, educators, and students when appropriate, an opportunity to sit down and determine an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which includes specially designed instruction to meet the needs of the student.

Special education is offered at no cost to the parents for students age 3 to 21. Examples of services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Early identification and assessment of disabilities
  • Psychological services for educational assessment
  • Modification of the course material within the regular classroom
  • Small-group instruction
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Career/vocational education
  • Physical therapy
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Orientation and mobility services

Students may be eligible for Special Education services in one of the following categories:

  1. Developmentally Delayed
  2. Specific Learning Disability
  3. Seriously Behaviorally Disabled
  4. Intellectual Disability
  5. Speech/Language Impaired
  6. Multi Handicapped
  7. Orthopedically Impaired
  8. Deaf
  9. Health Impaired
  10. Hard of Hearing
  11. Visually Impaired
  12. Deaf-Blind
  13. Autism
  14. Traumatic Brain Injury

Students in need of specialized education may be brought to the attention of the school district by parents or child care providers, educational staff, community agencies or other concerned individuals. Parents who wish to make their child (3 to 21) a "Focus of Concern" for special education may call Special Education directly at 663-7117.