Help Begins at Your School

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The Special Education team's primary mission is to provide support and resources so the staff at our schools can deliver quality instruction to students in Special Education Programs. For that reason, the place to start is usually your child's school.

Getting Started
If a parent is concerned about their child's progress and want their child tested for special education, they should consider the following options:

School Age
Talk to your student's teacher or counselor. The teacher will refer the child to the school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) team so interventions can be made as needed. If the RTI team feels the student is not making adequate progress with interventions in place, a referral to special education will be made. Parents are always part of the referral team.

Pre-School
Douglas County School District's Child Find offers parents a developmental assessment for young children from birth up to age five. Start by filling out a referral form. If you have any questions, please contact the Child Find Office at 720-433-0020. If you have questions about hearing tests for your child, please contact the Audiology Department at 720-433-0022 or the Audiology Google Site.

Assistance for Special Education Families
The Special Education staff is committed to meeting the needs of our students and their families.

Private Schools in Douglas County School District
If your child attends a Private School in Douglas County School District and you are concerned about their academics, social/emotional or communication skills, you may want to have your child evaluated to see if there are any needs that could be addressed by the school.  Please fill out this form and someone from our Private School Partnership Team will follow up with you.

In most cases the process begins at the school level. We encourage parents to first contact their school and then reach up to the next level only if needed.
Please see the Special Education Flow of Communication document for guidance.

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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 Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. 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.