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Detention Center Programs

The NWESD works closely with the Juvenile Detention Centers in Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish Counties to provide the Detention Center Educational Programs.  The educational programs provide a structured learning environment with certificated special education teachers and paraprofessionals guiding students through a standard school curriculum.  Students receive instruction in Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics as appropriate for their skill level.  They may also have the opportunity to participate in Social Studies, Science, Art and Physical Education. 

The NWESD provides a Transition Facilitator within each program to work closely with students to prepare them for employment and further education by providing opportunities for taking the G.E.D. and obtaining food worker permits.

Skagit Detention Educational Program

Phone: 360-419-1196
FAX: 360-419-1190
Participating School Districts:  Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley

Whatcom Detention Educational Program

Phone: 360-778-5536
FAX: 360.778-5502
Participating School Districts: Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Mount Baker and Nooksack Valley

Snohomish Detention Educational Program

Phone: 425-388-7822
FAX: 425-388-7839
Participating School Districts: Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood-Camano and Sultan

Report Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

The NWESD is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons, that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.  Any student who believes he/she has been the target of harassment, intimidation or bullying may report incidents verbally or in writing to Steve Dahl, Assistant Director for Special Programs and Services at the NWESD.  Any student who believes he/she has been the target of unresolved discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying may report incidents verbally or in writing to David Forsythe, Assistant Superintendent for Operations (also acting as the Section 504, Title IX, and Civil Rights Officer) at the NWESD.

The following resources are available for download here:

Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited

Policy 3205       Procedure 3205-P          Notification Form

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Prohibited

Policy 3207       Procedure 3207-P          Notification Form

For general questions please contact David Forsythe, Assistant Superintendent for Operations at NWESD.



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