Disability Services

Spring Lake Park Schools provides a range of programs and services for students, birth to 22 years of age, who have been identified as disabled and in need of specialized programming.

We offer special education programs for students in grades K-12, early childhood and a transition program for ages 18-21. We also work closely with students who have a 504 plan.

Contact Us

Kaline Sandven Marinello
Director of Special Education
Email Kaline Sandven Marinello

Cyndi Steinke
Management Assistant, Student Services and Special Education
(includes tuition billing, tuition agreements)
Email Cyndi Steinke


Special Education

Special Education at Spring Lake Park Schools encompassess school-aged K-12 services, early childhood and services for those aged 18-22 as they transition into the community.

Procedural Safeguards

Procedural safeguards are in place to protect children with disabilities and their families under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Access an overview of parental rights for:

Families of students with an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), will receive a copy of these safeguards mailed to their home each fall. Questions or concerns can be directed to a student's case manager or the District Student Services Department at 763-600-5081.

Section 504

Spring Lake Park Schools is committed to providing a free and appropriate public education to all students, including students who are handicapped, consistent with the definitions set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Section 504 requires that students who demonstrate “a substantial limitation in a major life function," have a written accommodation plan that will assist with their participation in the general educational environment.

Examples of physical or mental impairments that may be covered under Section 504 include: epilepsy, allergies, vision impairments, broken limbs, cancer, diabetes, asthma, ADD/ ADHD.

Examples of major life activities that can be affected by the student’s disability include: learning, thinking, concentrating, reading, speaking, walking, breathing, sleeping and caring for oneself.  Major bodily functions can also be affected, including: brain function, immune system function and/or digestive functions.

Spring Lake Park Schools has one district-wide 504 coordinator and individual coordinators who are responsible for all 504 activities in each building. Contact the following staff to find out more about 504 identification requirements, plan development, parental rights and services.