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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

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)

What's New

2020-2021 Standard Record Review

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

New or Reorganization Application & Checklist



Important Dates Coming Up

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


10   A complete SPED Discipline Snapshot is due (must have passed interchange and snapshot validations

22   A complete and error-free SPED EOY Snapshot is due

30   SPED Discipline Final Report must be reviewed, signed and submitted to CDE

30   2019-20 End of Year (EOY) expenditure submission is due


12   SPED EOY Final Snapshot Approval due to CDE

19   2020-21 Federal Application Narrative Amendment window #1 open through November 13

Meetings and Conferences

Fall Director's Meeting information coming soon.

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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