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Facility Schools Model Workgroup
Facility Schools Model Workgroup
During the 2021 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 21-274 (PDF), Sustainable Model to Serve Facility Students. The bill created a workgroup to identify a potential sustainable model that is not embedded in the child welfare system, to better serve students along the continuum for services, and to address the insufficient capacity for services across the state. The act outlines membership in the workgroup, as well as duties of the workgroup. The workgroup must submit a report of its recommendations to the department, and the Commissioner must submit the report to the Joint Budget Committee.
We want your input!
The Senate Bill 21-274 Facility Schools Model Workgroup is looking for input from families, parents, guardians, current/former students, as well as educational advocates.
The Workgroup would like to hear about first-hand experiences- both positive and opportunities for growth- when educational needs exceeded what was available in a traditional classroom setting. These experiences could have taken place in a variety of placements including in-district or out-of-district and/or facility, program, service, or individual-based. The Workgroup is also looking for input based on experiences when appropriate services were not available either in or out of the district. If you are willing to provide input, please click on the link below to complete a short survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish – if you need this survey in another language, please utilize the Google Translate option found at the bottom of the webpage. The survey will be available through April 15. If you need further assistance please contact the Office of Facility Schools at email@example.com.
2021-2022 Meeting Dates and Information
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most meetings of the Facility Schools Model Workgroup for the 2021-22 school year are anticipated to be held remotely. If conditions permit, the Facility Schools Model Workgroup may meet in person following proper health protocols. The meetings are open to the public; however, only working group members have an active role in the meetings. The workgroup will allow time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. Guidelines for public comment include - 3 minutes per person, with a maximum of 5 people (15 minutes total); requests for public comment must be submitted to Quinn Enright, Enright_Q@cde.state.co.us, no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time/date - information should include name, group or entity represented, and topic.
- If you plan to attend a meeting and need accommodations, please notify Lori Kochevar, Kochevar_L@cde.state.co.us, at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date. Advance notice allows CDE time to set up requested accommodations before the meeting.
- If you have requested accommodations for a meeting and are then unable to attend, we ask for at least a 72-hour notice of cancellation, so that CDE can be proactive with cancelling requested accommodation services ahead of the meeting. Thank you!
- School Districts
- Board of Cooperative Education Services
- Special Education Directors
- Facility Schools and Facility Schools Board Members
- Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
- Department of Education
- Department of Human Services, including Division of Youth Services
- County Departments of Human Services
Timelines for Activities
August 20, 2021
Initial meeting of the workgroup to confirm membership and establish purpose and scope of work
|October 1, 2022||
|November 1, 2022||CDE shall submit a written report summarizing the workgroup’s findings and recommendations to the JBC|
|December 21, 2022||CDE Commissioner shall present the report to the JBC|
|On or before July 1, 2023 – July 1, 2027||Implementation of the new model|
|October 1, 2023 – October 1, 2027||During implementation, CDE shall submit written reports concerning progress|