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Special Education Department

Denise Freund
Director of Special Programs

Kelso School District Office
601 Crawford Street
Kelso, Washington 98626
Phone: 360-501-1904, Fax: 360-501-1965

Sally Walker, Administrative Assistant, 360-501-1909

Marianne Powers, Secretary, 360-501-1904 

Kris Soyars, Autism Coach, 360-501-1947


If you are requesting student records, please fax release to  360-501-1965.


Child Find Information

Kelso Public Schools will ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible from birth through 21 years of age, residing within our attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

For preschool referrals (age 3-5), please call 501-1586. 

Right Response Training Dates

Please contact Marianne Powers for future dates, times and locations (501-1904).


Parent and Student Rights

Parents and students have rights related to special education. These rights are described in a document called the Procedural Safeguards (PDF). The Procedural Safeguards is a long, but very important document with which to become familiar. At minimum, review the table of contents. This way, if a dispute should occur between you and your district regarding your child’s educational program (including eligibility), you know the best place to begin your search for information about your rights regarding the particular issue you face. Click here for additional information.

Guidance for Families about Special Education Services

Family involvement has a positive impact on educational outcomes for all students. To support family involvement in special education, OSPI provides user-friendly information and resources on various special education topics.

Section 504

"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United Statesshall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…."

Statutes and Regulations - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973


Autism Coaching Services         

Email: kris.soyars@kelsosd.org Phone: 360-501-1947

The Kelso School District Autism Consultant offers a variety of services and supports for students and staff:

·         Provides Autism Spectrum Disorder consultation to educators, paraprofessionals, and parents of the Kelso School District

·         Provides professional development

·         Assists building and classroom teams in the following areas:

o   Classroom environment and structure

o   Visual Supports

o   Data Collection

o   Communication

o   Behavioral Supports

·         IEP/DOE/Wrap-around meeting support

·         Assist building teams in the development of Functional Behavioral Assessments, Positive Behavioral Support Plans, and Aversive Intervention Plans

·         Instructional Coaching

The above domain areas are directly linked to the three main strategies on the Kelso School District, Road Map for Results:

·         Early Learning

·         Instructional Improvement

·         Career, College and Community Ready

Kelso School District Autism Consultant: Kris Soyars
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Kelso School District • 601 Crawford Street • Kelso, WA 98626 • Phone: (360) 501-1900

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Kelso School District #458 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, the school district's Title VII Officer and ADA Coordinator. People of disability may request reasonable accommodation in the hiring process by contacting, Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 or (360) 501-1924.

Inquiries regarding compliance procedures regarding students may be directed to Don Iverson, Director of Student Services, the school district’s Title IX Coordinator or Denise Freund, Director of Special Programs, the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 501-1900.