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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 instruciton 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 prograss, and the student's needed growth.  South Ridge encourages and promotes a more inclusive model of instruciton for students with special needs.  Interventionists often incorporate their instruction and support into the IT classroom using a co-teachig model.  South Ridge values the individual community of each classroom and the reciprocal benefits of inclusion.


  • Identify students through the RtI process who need additional support of specialized instruction.
  • Provide suppot tailored to each students individual need.
  • Exit students from the rogram once students have obtained the ability to access the curriculum independently.


  • Examin Progrmme of Inquiry to determine the level of support for individual students, specifically in regards to reading and writing.
  • Collaborate amongst classroom teachers and interventionists.  Time is built into the master schedule to collaborate on an every other week 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 three times yearly during parent/teacher conferences.
  • Prepare IEP progrress reports twice a yer.
  • E-mail or phone, as needed.
  • Collaborate with district experts and eyternal agencies on an as needd 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, adn teh 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 Learning Specialists (LS) for students with mild to moderate disabilities
  • One full-time Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for students with speech and/or language impairments
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) four days a week to work with students and support the palns developed by the SLP
  • 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 porvided from District Behavior Specialist, District Autism team, Occupationsl Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision Specialists, Audiologists, and teachers of the Dear and Har of Hearing onan as needed basis
  • External agencies (i.e., Arapahoe County Metal Health, Court Appointed CASA representatives, etc.)