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  • 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, Career, and Life.

    Academic Intervention

    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.

    Special Education
    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. 

    Birth to Three program
    Is provided in coordination with the district and A Step Ahead in Pierce County for eligible children who may transition into the district's preschool program at age three.
    Contact A Step Ahead at (253) 471-2727

    Child Find
    Preschool developmental screening is conducted September through May for children ages 3 to 5 years old.
    Contact Colleen Flanagan at (360) 893-6500 x234

    Records Request
    To request Special Education records, please e-mail or fax (360-893-4367) a request to either Colleen Flanagan (email) or Katrina Mang (email).

    Section 504

    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.

    Health Services

    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. 

    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.

    Attendance Support:

    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.

    Homeless Student Services

    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.

    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.

    Before and After School Program:

    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.

Contact Us

  • Chris Willis
    Executive Director
    Student Support Services
     360.893.6500 x233
    Email John Clough
    Colleen Flanagan
    Executive Assistant
    Student Support Services
     360.893.6500 x234
    email Colleen Coffaro
    Katrina Mang
    Student Support Services
    360.893.6500 x261
    email Colleen Almousawi


    • Intervention Handbook download
    • Special Services Procedural Handbook download
    • Special Education Handbook for Parents download
    • Special Education Procedural Safeguards (English) download
    • Special Education Procedural Safeguards (Spanish) download
    • Developmental Preschool Handbook download
    • Childfind download
    • Section 504 Handbook download
    • Health Services Handbook download
    • Home-Hospital Pamphlet download
    • Home-Hospital Request Form download
    • Communication and Interpreter Request Form download
    • School Attendance Pamphlet download
    • Homeless Student Rights Pamphlet download
    • Homeless Student Resources download
    • Guidelines on Tools, Supports and Accomodations download