Special Education

Parent Information

Services are provided in accordance with state and federal law (IDEA) governing the education of children with disabilities. Before any child is eligible to receive services, concerns about the child's educational progress must first be reviewed at a team conference, and a referral must be made for an evaluation. In Salida, the referral process is made as a team and is made as the result of a larger process called MTSS (multi tiered systems of support).  Students who do not make progress in MTSS are then referred to a more narrow process called RtI (response to intervention) to assess progress prior to moving to a Special Education Referral.  There are special allowances for other circumstances that may exist.  After a referral is in place, each child must receive a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation by special services staff and by specialists and teachers in their home school.  Additionally, their educational needs must be determined, and they must be declared to possess a disability under rules for the administration of IDEA. An "Individual Educational Plan" (IEP) must be written in a due process meeting (called a "staffing") which includes parents, school administrators, specialists and also the child (when the child is fourteen years old or older). Professionals from the Office of Special Education participate in the evaluation and staffing process in addition to becoming involved in follow-up services for many children.  For more information click here.

Programs and Professional Services

Additional Resources

Mountain BOCES
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are an important and vital part of the public educational system in Colorado. BOCES services are those needed by children, their families, and school personnel, which can be more efficiently provided across school districts.

2-1-1 for Individuals with Special Needs
A new 211 for Children/Youth with Special Needs webpage has launched. For more information click here.

Reduced Admission to State Parks
Apply for a Columbine Pass which is for individuals with disabilities.  Get a reduced rate for entrance to all state parks! Click here for information!

Lifetime Fishing License
Those with disabilities are also able to get a Fishing License in Colorado that can last a lifetime!  Click here to download an application.

Enrich/Frontline Management System for Educators


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