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Special Education

July 2020

Dear Jeffco Families,

The needs of students with disabilities have been of the utmost importance as we plan for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. We, as a Special Education Leadership Team, have been working to ensure equity and access for the Jeffco Restart in the fall of 2020. This also includes considerations for all IEP services as we move into a learning environment involving cohorts and new protocols.

In order to communicate timely information with Jeffco families and community about special education-specific information, the special education leadership team is putting some new layers of support in place this year.

A new Special Education Community Support Line(303-982-6682) for families to call with Special Education related questions, including COVID-19.  
Virtual community forums throughout the year in order to share information with the community in a timely manner.
An updated Special Education website with frequently asked questions, resources, and information for families.

We recognize that this Restart to the school year will be unique and we are planning with our students with disabilities in mind.  There are multiple ways to find information for 20-21.  Please explore the website and the updated frequently asked questions section. You can also join us for a virtual community forum to learn, share, and connect! 

As we stated in March, we are all a team and wanting what is best for our students with disabilities. We will continue to review and respond to comments and questions submitted from the community.

Take care of yourselves and each other, and thank you again for your collaboration and all you do.


Jeffco Special Education Team



You may find these resources useful as you continue to work at home with your child. Please check back as we will be adding more resources for families as they become available. 

- Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM)
- National Council for Learning Disabilities
- News 2 You - Resources to Keep your Child Engaged
- Family Engagement: Collaborating with Families of Students with Disabilities 

NEW! Special Education Community Support Line

Have a special education question? The majority of information can be found with the staff at your school site, but if you have additional questions, please use our support line to help assist you with information about the following:

  • 2020 - 2021 School Restart Plan
  • Special Education and Related Services Available 
  • Special Education Regulations & Procedural Safeguards
  • Transferring to Jeffco
  • Resources 
  • School-Related Concerns


Community forums








8/13 4:30-5:15pm English, ASL  Recording
  5:30-6:30pm  Spanish, ASL  
10/22 4:30-5:30pm Spanish, ASL Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 864 9361 5187
Passcode: 794828

5:45-6:30pm English, ASL Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 864 9361 5187
Passcode: 794828
12/3 4:30-5:15pm English, ASL 

5:30-6:30pm Spanish, ASL  
2/25 4:30-5:30pm Spanish, ASL

5:45-6:30pm  English, ASL  
5/13 4:30-5:15pm  English, ASL  

5:30-6:30pm Spanish, ASL  


The Department of Student Success, which manages special education services, serves students, teachers, and parents in Jeffco. The department also includes Gifted & Talented, Career & Technical Education, Student Services, Health Services/Homebound Instruction. You can learn more about the district's special education programs below.

Center and School-Based Resources


Programs designed to meet the educational needs of children with autism provide a structured teaching approach to learning. As with any student qualifying for special education services, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) will direct the program. Special attention is paid to skills in the following domains: communication, social, academic, daily living, independence, sensory motor, and vocational. Services to students with autism are offered in a continuum of environments ranging from full access to the general education classroom to a self-contained class; placement is based upon individual student need. Intensive early intervention is a priority.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

This programming serves students Preschool through 12th grade with hearing loss and whose needs require intensive services by teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, audiologists, speech/language therapists and mental health staff. Educational interpreters and tutor-notetakers are available to support student learning.

Services are provided at neighborhood schools and at center programs which are located at Everitt Middle School, Maple Grove Elementary, Rocky Mountain Deaf SchoolVivian Elementary, and Wheat Ridge High School.

Learning Disabled (L.D.) Grades K-12

This programming located in each school assists the student in developing skills and learning behaviors which enable him/her to benefit from the general education program. Special education services are provided in a variety of ways: direct instruction, co-teaching, consultation, and materials modification as identified on the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Read about Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Congress’s directive to schools receiving any federal funding to eliminate discrimination based on disability from all aspects of school operation.

Significant Emotional Disorders (SED)

This programming is for students who may have a significant identifiable emotional disorder that affects their ability to function within a general school environment or access the general curriculum and whose academic achievement is hindered by pervasive behavioral or emotional problems. Social/emotional services are offered in a continuum of environments ranging from full access to the general education classroom to a self-contained class; placement is based upon individual student need as determined by the student’s IEP.

Significant Support Needs — Grades K-12

These programs offer special education and related services for students with severe developmental delays in multiple areas, such as cognitive, speech/language, motor delays. Instruction focuses on the individual educational needs of the student guided by Expanded Benchmarks and Access skills as a foundation for the students’ IEP goals and objectives. These programs are geographically located within neighborhood schools throughout the district.


Special Education Information/Student Success

Child Find Intake Information

Special Education Assistant Director listed by School

Select the name of a school below to find the SPED Assistant Director for that school and contact information.


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