Special Needs Policy


At South Ridge Elementary School, we believe that every student is able to be a successful learner. Some students need additional support and instruction to be able to access the general curriculum successfully. Classroom teachers, specialists, and interventionists collaborate with students and families to guide and determine instruction and next steps. The team identifies what a student already knows, the student's progress, and the student's needed growth. South Ridge encourages and promotes a more inclusive model of instruction for students with special needs. Interventionists often incorporate their instruction and support into the classroom using a co-teaching model. South Ridge values the individual community of each classroom and the reciprocal benefits of inclusion.


Identify students through the MTSS process who need additional support of specialized instruction.
Provide support tailored to each students individual need

Exit students from the program once students have obtained the ability to access the curriculum independently


Exam Program of Inquiry to determine the level of support for individual students, specifically in regards to reading and writing.

Collaborate among classroom teachers and interventionists. Time is built into the master schedule to collaborate on an every other weekly basis.
Maintain consistent communication with parents.

Meet once yearly to reassess/review/develop individual goals with the students, parents, and multidisciplinary team.

Meet with parents two times yearly during parent/teacher conferences.

Prepare IEP progress reports twice a year.

E-mail or phone, as needed.

Collaborate with district experts and external agencies on an as need basis.

Learning specialists loop with students to provide support for students and to provide a long-standing relationship with parents.

Learning specialists, the SSN teacher, and the speech/language pathologist provide support for 6th graders throughout the duration of their Exhibition project.

SPED reinforces use of the language of the Student Profile and Attributes with students.

Special Education Resources

Two full-time and one half-time Learning Specialists (LS) for students with mild to moderate disabilities
One full-time and one half-time Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for students with speech and/or language impairments

One full-time Significant Support Needs (SSN) teacher for students with severe and profound disabilities

School Psychologist (SP) two days a week

School Educational Assistants

School Social Worker (SW) three days a week

Itinerant services are provided from District Behavior Specialist, District Autism team, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision Specialists, Audiologists, and teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on an as needed basis

External agencies (i.e., Arapahoe County Mental Health, Court Appointed CASA representatives, etc

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Catherine Franklin, Interim Compliance Officer, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 720-433-1285. Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.