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School Nursing and Health - Special Education/ Special Needs
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities though out the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Click HERE to be directed to IDEA Fiscal Files and Links.
- Office of Special Education website
- IDEA Part C (birth to 2) ensures early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
- IDEA Part B (ages 3-21) ensures children and youth receive special education and related services.
Exceptional Child Education Act (ECEA) is the Colorado law that ensures services to children with disabilities.
HCP is a program for children and youth with special needs (previously called the Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs).
- Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (exiting CDE)
- CPR Directives
- NASN National Position Statement: DNAR (Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate) (2012)
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) CPR Directives
- Colorado CPR Directives Statement (PDF)
- Student with Special Health Needs: Sample Policy for CPR directive (PDF)
Section 504 is part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 that guarantees specific rights in federally funded programs and activities to people who qualify as disabled.
Title II covers public entities that do not receive federal funds.
Section 504 states:
"no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...."
Section 504 is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR can be contacted by calling 303-844-5695. The School District is responsible for the implementation of section 504, For more information contact the Section 504/ADA Coordinator for your District.
Under Section 504, a grievance may be filed with the School District or a complaint may be filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. For more information on Section 504, use the links below to access the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
- 504 Reading Room
- Questions and Answers of Disability Discrimination under Section 504 and Title II
- Children with Disabilities in Preschool and School Aged Child Care
- The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Service Animals (pdf - 2014)
- CHP+ Information
- Education for Homeless Children and Youth
- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- National Center for Homeless Education
- Colorado Department of Education: Prevention/At Risk
- Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Youth
- High Risk Behaviors