Special Services

You may be wondering what will happen to your child’s services when school is closed or in a “soft closure” but educational services continue to be provided.  Here is guidance: 

  1. If our district has extended school closures but continues to provide educational services to all students, the district will remain responsible for the free appropriate public education (FAPE) of its students eligible for special education services with an individualized education program (IEP).


  2. We will communicate with parents and guardians regarding your child’s IEP services. We will work to ensure that all students receive services to the most appropriate extent possible.


  3. Although special education or related services may need to be adjusted, IEP teams will work to ensure that a student on an IEP receives services comparable to all other students. Services might include schoolwork packets or some other learning adapted to the student’s needs and location.


  4. After an extended closure, IEP teams will review how the closure impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students eligible for special education services. Meetings may be held in the fall to determine if the student needs have changed.


  5. If annual IEP review or eligibility reviews are due during this time, your child’s Special Education Teacher will contact you. Please work with your closely with the teacher, so meetings can be held through alternate means such as video or conference calls.


  6. State Assessments (ISAT and Alternative Assessments) have been waived and thus, will not be required this year.

Your child’s case manager will be in contact with you to discuss your child’s IEP services and to create a plan of how to best meet their individual needs.  If you have any questions, please call 208-448-1423 or your child’s case manager. Thank you.

Special Services includes:

  • Special education, for children ages 3-21,
  • Oversight of health services,
  • Support for Section 504/ADA
  • Truancy for all students 

Special education is offered when a student;

  • Has a disability
  • And the disability adversely impacts the student’s education
  • And requires specially designed instruction.

Idaho has 14 categories for qualification in special education. If you have concerns or questions about special education, please contact your child’s teacher or school counselor.

Kim Shaner, Director of Special Services

Special Services

West Bonner County SD#83

134 Main Street

Priest River, ID 83856

Phone: (208)448-1423

Fax: (208)448-4629

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