The goal of the Office of Facility Schools is to assure that all students in placement receive a quality education and to improve educational outcomes for those students. A number of initiatives are underway statewide in an effort to accomplish that goal. We will be including a variety of documents and information that we hope will be of interest to educators in Facility Schools.
The terms Eligible Facility and Facility School are both used in Colorado Statute. The Term Eligible Facility means a day treatment center, residential child care facility or a hospital licensed by either the Department of Human Services or the Department of Public Health and Environment. The term Approved Facility School refers to an educational program that is operated by a licensed agency and that has been approved to receive reimbursement for education services for students placed in the program. In the spring of 2008, legislation was passed that adressed approved facility schools in a number of ways. Commonly referred to as H.B. (House Bill) 1204 (22-2-401 C.R.S.), it established a board with rule making authority to set graduation requirements and the approval process for facility schools.