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COVID-19 and Special Education


These Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) webpages are continuously expanding to support educators who serve, and families of Colorado children with disabilities through the provision of Special Education-specific information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State & Federal Guidance 

This section organizes guidance provided from the U.S. Department of Education, State Of Colorado Agencies including the CDE Exceptional Student Services Unit. 



Learning Supports for Students With Disabilities

This section provides resources across a wide multitude of disability topics. 

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities During COVID-19

This section provides access to resources for families and caregivers of children with disabilities, as they support their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disability & Topic Specific Information

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Enrich IEP System

Facility Schools Information

IEP Tele-Facilitation

Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior

Significant Support Needs

Speech & Language

Transition Age

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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Virtual Office Hours

During this time of remote instruction, the Office of Special Education has been fielding many phone and email questions regarding how best to support the accessibility, behavior, learning, social-emotional, and transition needs of learners with disabilities.  In response to requests from the field, the following office hours will continue throughout the summer, with all others resuming in the fall.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mary Ann Fleury will be offering office hours in support of virtual IEP meetings. ADR office hours will be every Tuesday, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. 

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Brooke Carson will be offering ASD office hours on following Fridays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:

  • December 4th, 11th &18th
  • January 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • February 5th, 19th & 26th
  • March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
  • April 2th, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
  • May 7th & 21st

Join the ASD
Zoom Meetings

Meeting ID: 932 1846 7451

Blind/Visually Impaired (B/VI)

Tanni Anthony will offer blind/visually impaired office hours on the following Wednesdays from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM:

  • December 2, 2021

The following Wednesdays office hours will be from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM:

  • January 13 & 27, 2021
  • February 10 & 24, 2021
  • March 10 & 24, 2021
  • April 7 & 21, 2021
  • May 5 & 19, 2021

Register for B/VI
Office Hours

*Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Tuesday) each Wednesday office hours session.


Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) 

Heather Hotchkiss will be offering monthly office hours from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM on the following days:

  • December 16, 2020 
  • January 13, 2021
  • February 24, 2021
  • March 31, 2021
  • April 28, 2021

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Shauna Moden will be offering office hours on the following Thursdays from 3:15 - 5:00 PM:* 

  • August: 27th
  • September: 3rd, 17th & 24th
  • October: 1st & 22nd
  • November: 5th & 19th
  • December: 3rd & 17

Join the
Deaf/HH Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 4459 1153
Find your local Phone Number

The DH/H office hours for October 1 has been cancelled. 

School Based Mental Health and Special Education 

Krista Klabo will be offering weekly office hours on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Secondary Transition

Gail Lott will offer monthly office hours on the following Wednesdays:

  • January 20, 2021 - 2:30pm to 4:30 pm
  • February 3, 2021 - 10:00 am to 12 pm
  • February 17, 2021 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • March 3, 2021 - Cancelled
  • April 14, 2021 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • April 28, 2021 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Register for the
Transition Meeting


Registrations must be completed by 10:00 am the day before (Tuesday) each Wednesday office hours session.


Significant Support Needs

Gina Herrera will offer significant support needs office hours the first Wednesday each month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.

  • February 3 - Access to the EEOs
  • March 3 - Co-Alt: Assessment Information and Q&A
  • April 7 - Using the Quality Indicators to Improve Services for Students with SSN
  • May 5 - Collaboration - General Educators and Special Educators with focus on students with SSN


Bill Brown will be offering weekly office hours on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:00 AM. 

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