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COVID-19 and Special Education

Overview

These Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) webpages are continuously expanding to support educators who serve, and families of Colorado children with disabilities through the provision of Special Education-specific information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State & Federal Guidance 

This section organizes guidance provided from the U.S. Department of Education, State Of Colorado Agencies including the CDE Exceptional Student Services Unit. 

 

 

Learning Supports for Students With Disabilities

This section provides resources across a wide multitude of disability topics. 

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities During COVID-19

This section provides access to resources for families and caregivers of children with disabilities, as they support their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disability & Topic Specific Information

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Enrich IEP System

Facility Schools Information

IEP Tele-Facilitation

Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior

Significant Support Needs

Speech & Language

Transition Age

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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Virtual Office Hours

During this time of remote instruction, the Office of Special Education has been fielding many phone and email questions regarding how best to support the accessibility, behavior, learning, social-emotional, and transition needs of learners with disabilities.  In response to requests from the field, the following office hours will continue throughout the summer, with all others resuming in the fall.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mary Ann Fleury will be offering office hours in support of virtual IEP meetings.

Drop in to our Alternative Dispute Resolution Office Hours, every Tuesday, from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. and ask your questions!  We can also support you in using the tools/skills in your virtual IEP meetings.  Office hours will resume August 31st through May 31st. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Brooke Carson will be offering ASD office hours on following Fridays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM:

  • September 3, 17 
  • October 1, 8, 22, 29
  • November 5, 12
  • December 3, 10, 17

Join the ASD
Zoom Meetings

Meeting ID: 932 1846 7451

Blind/Visually Impaired (B/VI)

Tanni Anthony will offer blind/visually impaired office hours on the following Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • September 8th & 22nd
  • October 6th & 20th
  • November 3rd &16th
  • December 1st & 15th
  • January 5th & 19th
  • ​February 2nd & 16th
  • March 2nd & 16th
  • April 6th & 20th
  • May 4th & 18th

*Registrations must be completed by 10:00 a.m. the day before (Tuesday) each office hour session. 

Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) 

Heather Hotchkiss will host monthly office hours resuming in August.  Office hours will be held at 9:00 AM on the fourth Tuesday on the following dates:

Registration is required for all Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder office hour sessions. 

School Based Mental Health and Special Education 

Krista Klabo will be offering monthly office hours on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Secondary Transition

Gail Lott will offer Secondary Transition office hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30- 4:30PM on the following days: 

  • September 14, 2021  
  • October 12, 2021 
  • November 9, 2021 
  • December 14, 2021 
  • January 11, 2022
  • February 8, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • April 12, 2022
  • May 10, 2022

Transition Office Hours
Registration

Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Monday) for each Tuesday office hours session.

Significant Support Needs

The Significant Support Needs Network Team and the Significant Support Needs Task Force Members will be offering SSN Office Hours during the 2021 School Year. Office Hours will be offered on the following Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: 

  • August: 18, 25
  • September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October: 6, 20
  • November: 3, 17
  • December: 1, 15
  • January: 12, 26
  • February: 2, 16
  • March: 2, 16
  • April: 6, 20
  • May: 4

SSN Office Hours
Registration

Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Tuesday) for each Wednesday office hours session.

SSN Office Hours Flyer (PDF)

Social/Emotional/Behavior

Bill Brown will be offering monthly office hours on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:30 AM. 

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