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COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education

Supporting Displaced Students: Special Education

Update your Special Education Director and Special Education Fiscal Contact Information.

It is critical that ESSU has current contact information for all Special Education Directors and Special Education Fiscal Contacts. We will share important updates and information with you through our listserv, please be sure that we have accurate, updated information. Watch for emails from CDE_SPED for updates and information.

Special Education Director and Special Education Fiscal Contact Submission Form (SmartSheet)

Important Dates Coming Up

Year-at-a-Glance for SY 2020-2021 (PDF)


13   Federal Application Narrative Amendment is due

16   2020-21 Budget Revision #1 Window is open through December 11

1      SPED December Count Student and Staff Snapshot open

8      2019-20 Budget Revision #1 Submission Deadline


1      December Count Date

11   2020-21 Budget Revision #1 Submission is due

What's New

2020-2021 Standard Record Review

Changes in reporting educational environments for 5-year-old kindergartners

New or Reorganization Application & Checklist


Quick Links

Meetings and Conferences

Virtual Meeting!  The Fall Directors’ meeting.

When: November 12-13, 2020

Registration & Agenda: Coming the week of October 5th

Watch your email for the ESSU Newsletter or check back here on the Director’s Corner.

Here are a few of the plenary, breakout, and discussion sessions we are planning to bring to you. AnLar on the new IEP, Evaluations During the time of COVID, and Facilitation, and other topics.

Memos to AU and Special Education Directors

Potential Impact of the Family First Prevention Services Act on Special Education Students (PDF)

Questions and Answers On Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Evaluations, and Reevaluations (PDF)

Letter to State Directors of Special Education (PDF)

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care U.S. (PDF)

Memo Notice of Change in Reporting Requirements and CDE Guidance for Measuring Indicator 13 Compliance (PDF)

Indicator 13 Compliance Tips replacement pages (PDF)

CMAS ELA Accommodation Policy Updated to Align with Colorado Academic Standards Expectations


New Special Education Director


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Dr. Paul Foster
Executive Director

Email Paul Foster
Phone: 303-866-4093

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