Welcome to Student Support Services
The Student Support Services Department supports students through Academic Intervention, Special Education, Section 504, Health Services, Homeless Student Services, Foster Care Education Support, School Attendance Support, Bilingual Services for English Language Learners, community mental health support, and elementary before and after school programs. The focus of the department is to provide students with the tools and resources to benefit from their educational program and to prepare them for College, Careers, and Life.
Academic Intervention Program provides support to ensure success for students receiving academic interventions through Title I and Learning Assistance Programs. The team supports efforts focused on ensuring academic success for every student by collaborating with Teaching and Learning Department, school principals, building intervention teachers, and certified and classified teaching staff to develop tiered instruction to increase student access and engagement, close achievement and opportunity gaps, and support student learning and success.
The district’s goal is to partner with families regarding 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). Orting has a continuum of services to meet the needs of our diverse student population. For additional information on special education programs and support for students, please see the Parent Handbook.
Birth to Three Program
A Step Ahead of Pierce county supports families of infants and toddlers (birth up to 3 years of age) with special needs by enhancing their development and relationships both at home and in their community. The District works with A Step Ahead to transition eligible children into the school district's developmental preschool program at age 3. If you have an infant or toddler with special needs, please contact A Step Ahead at (253) 471-2727 or fill out their Early Intervention Referal Form.
Preschool developmental screening is conducted September through May for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Contact Colleen Flanagan at (360) 893-6500 x234
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) is a federal civil rights law. It is designed to eliminate disability discrimination in programs and activities that receive federal funds. Since all public school districts receive federal funds, all public school districts must comply with Section 504. Under Section 504, denying a disabled student a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) is disability discrimination.If your child has such a documented/diagnosed condition and you believe that accommodations are necessary for him/her to access a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), please inform your child's school counselor, principal or teacher of your concern. In accordance with the Section 504, our school counselors will work with students and their families to determination if they are eligible under Section 504. If eligibility is established, a 504 Accommodation Plan will be developed by an appropriate building team including the parent(s) and student.Health services in Orting are designed to ensure schools have the resources and systems to provide students with the health-related care needed to access school. Duties of Health Services include medication management, health care collaboration, monitoring of life-threatening emergency care plans, and general oversight of student medical related needs.
Home Hospital Instruction: this service is provided to students who are temporarily unable to attend school for 4 weeks or longer because of physical disability or illness. Please see the Home Hospital Brochure and Application for additional information.
Bilingual Services for English Language Learners:
The district’s ELL (English Language Learners) certified teacher, together with classroom instructional staff, provides English Language Development support and services to both eligible students and students who have transitioned to language fluency, to achieve high academic standards. ELL eligible students have a primary language other than English and have been determined eligible based on the Washington ELPA-21.
The Special Services and Intervention Department works to support Orting Staff, families, and students to reduce barriers to regular school attendance. If a student does not attend school, the law requires the school district to take several action steps including facilitating Community Truancy Boards as a middle step before formal legal action. Each Community Truancy Board is made up of educators and community members. Additional information regarding how you can support your child's school attendance can be found here.
The Special Services and Intervention staff support school staff to assist homeless children and youth to enroll and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Please visit our McKinney-Vento page for more information.
Foster Care Education Support:
The Special Services and Intervention Department staff support staff, families and students to improve the educational outcomes of children and youth in foster care. Schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families work together to provide the equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life.
Community Mental Health Support:
The district currently has agreements with Multi-Care Behavioral Health and Comprehensive Life Resources to provide mental health support and resources to students who need them to access their educational program. Referrals are made by the school counselors in each school.
The district is partnering with “Right at School” to provide before and after school programs. The fee-based services offer a curriculum that features hands-on learning, multi-sensory activities, child-driven projects, daily fitness, team building, and leadership development. The program will offer options for families to attend the before-school program, the after-school program, or both. For more information or to register your child, please visit: Right At School
Early Entry to Kindergarten:
To be admitted to a kindergarten program that commences in the fall of the year, a child must be five (5) years of age as of August 31. However, School Board policy allows for the consideration of Early Entry to Kindergarten, for children residing within Orting School District boundaries, who turn five (5) years as of October 31 of the year of entry. After testing, send the Completed and Signed Test Scores Form to the Student Support Services Office on or before August 1. There are no exceptions to this date. For additional information please view our Early Kinder Information sheet. To apply, please fill out the application.
Executive Director for Student Support ServicesChris Willis(360) 893-6500 firstname.lastname@example.org