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The Student Services Department coordinates programs and resources for students with special needs. This includes needs that might be academic, behavioral/emotional, or physical/medical. The Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) is a federal special education law that requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities.  A free appropriate public education means special education and related services, described in an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and provided to children in the least restrictive environment. Special Education support services are provided in the following areas for students meeting eligibility criteria:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Communication Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision Impaired
  • Developmental Disability

Marcola School District offers a wide range of services to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Highly trained staff team up with parents to evaluate and develop individual plans to support students with disabilities. If you have a concern that your child may have a disability, please contact your child’s teacher, school principal or Tami White, Director of Student Services at 541-933-2512 or

Dear MSD Family:

As you are aware, by order of Governor Brown, all schools in Oregon have closed, at least through April 28, 2020.  Also pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order: public schools, in order to continue to receive state funding, shall provide learning supports, supplemental education and/or virtual education services to students and families.

On March 30, 2020, Marcola School District will continue serving families with virtual learning  for all students in the District. You will receive additional information about how this will work from your school.  I am writing to you about how we will address your child’s special education needs.

This week, you will receive a phone call or email from your child’s case manager to discuss with you, how to ensure that your child has an equal opportunity to access “virtual education” that will be provided to all students.  The case manager will also discuss how the goals and accommodations identified in the child’s IEP will be addressed in the virtual setting. This could include a continuation of the supports put in place before spring break. Our goal is to meet your individual needs to the best of our ability.

As you are undoubtedly aware, the landscape is changing rapidly.  We will do our best to keep in touch with you and inform you of any updates or clarification regarding the provisions of educational services and how the District will work to address your child’s special education needs.

If you need immediate assistance and wish to contact someone before receiving communication from the case manager, please contact Tami White at


Tami White

Director of Student Services

Marcola School District

Marcola School District



During the school closure period, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,the student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan special education and/or related services may be provided outside of the school building through alternative means ( i.e., by phone or electronically through online/virtual platforms such as Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc. ), the delivery of group services poses unique confidentiality issues for children and their families. By allowing your child to participate in group special education or related services provided through alternative means, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree as follows:

1. I hereby agree that my child may be provided with group special education and/or related services identified on my child’s IEP or Section 504 Plan through alternative means during the school closure period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. I hereby agree that I and anyone else in our home will protect confidentiality of the students that are inadvertently listened to, or observed. Recording the delivery of any group special education and/or related services of my child is prohibited.

3. In the event that I inadvertently overhear or observe any portion of group lessons, in order to protect the confidentiality of others, I agree not to share any information about any other student I will not discuss or share what I observed with anyone. I further agree to direct any other individuals in my home or individuals in my employ providing instructional support to my child in the home not to disclose confidential student information.

4. I hereby acknowledge that the District cannot guarantee that the parents/guardians of the other children in my child’s group, or anyone else in the home of such other children, will refrain from listening to, observing, or recording any group special education and/or related services provided to my child.

5. I agree the District will not be held responsible if other parents/guardians or individuals in their homes violate these acknowledgements/agreements when my child is provided with group special education and/or related services. My child will instead be provided with educational services via another mode or format.

6. I understand that my refusal to agree to the provisions outlined above will result in my child not receiving group special education and/or related services outside of school through alternative means. I understand that my child will not be entitled to any compensatory services for services lost or missed as a result of my refusal to agree to the above provisions.

Please notify Tami White at or call 541-933-2512 immediately if you choose NOT to consent to the above provisions.

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