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COVID-19 and Special Education
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
Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior
Significant Support Needs
Speech & Language
Visual Impairment, Including Blindness
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 Summer Office Hours on the following Fridays from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM:
Meeting ID: 891 8479 6996
Beginning August 12 the ASD team will host office hours during the school year every Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM except for:
- September 2
- November 18 & 25
- December 23
- January 13
Meeting ID: 816 3285 8572
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.
School Based Mental Health and Special Education
Krista Klabo will be offering monthly office hours on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:30 AM.
- January 18, 2022
- February 22, 2022
- March 15, 2022
- April 19, 2022
- May 17, 2022
Registration for each session closes one week in advance of the session.
Gail Lott will offer Secondary Transition office hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30- 4:30PM on the following days:
- November 9, 2021 - Transition Specialist Certificate
- December 14, 2021 - Self-determination, self-advocacy, and student led IEPs
- January 11, 2022 - PSO data discussion
- February 8, 2022 - Guardianship and supported decision making with Jennifer Levin
- March 8, 2022 - Family engagement and empowerment
- April 12, 2022 - Equitable access to CTE programming for students with disabilities
- May 10, 2022 - Critical reflection with transition service providers.
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:
- January: 12, 26
- February: 2, 16
- March: 2, 16
- April: 6, 20
- May: 4
Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Tuesday) for each Wednesday office hours session.
Bill Brown will be resuming office hours in September 2022.