Special Education

Parent Information

Services are provided in accordance with state and federal law (IDEA) governing the education of children with disabilities. Before any child is eligible to receive services, concerns about the child's educational progress must first be reviewed at a team conference, and a referral must be made for an evaluation. In Salida, the referral process is made as a team and is made as the result of a larger process called MTSS (multi tiered systems of support).  Students who do not make progress in MTSS are then referred to a more narrow process called RtI (response to intervention) to assess progress prior to moving to a Special Education Referral.  There are special allowances for other circumstances that may exist.  After a referral is in place, each child must receive a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation by special services staff and by specialists and teachers in their home school. Additionally, their educational needs must be determined, and they must be declared to possess a disability under rules for the administration of IDEA. An "Individual Educational Plan" (IEP) must be written in a due process meeting (called a "staffing") which includes parents, school administrators, specialists and also the child (when the child is fourteen years old or older). Professionals from the Office of Special Education participate in the evaluation and staffing process in addition to becoming involved in follow-up services for many children.For more information click here.

Programs and Professional Services

Physical Movement and Sensory Services-Physical Movement Services are provided by an Occupational Therapist, a part time physical therapists and a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Services are available to children who have been evaluated as possessing physical disabilities or orthopedic problems which impair their ability to make progress in the general school environment. Improved access to the school environment and to the use of learning tools is the mission of our team. Our team provides both evaluation of children's needs and direct service in physical therapy and occupational therapy. Salida therapists may be reached individually by their email address provided below.
Deb Andres- Occupational Therapist- dandres@salidaschools.org
Wendy Walters- Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant- wwalters@salidaschools.org
Beth Sather- Physical Therapist- bsather@salidaschools.org

Psychologists may be reached individually through the email address provided below:

Jessica Bena, Salida District Psychologist- jbena@salidaschools.org

Additional Resources
Mountain BOCES

2-1-1 for Individuals with Special Needs


Enrich/Frontline Management System for Educators

For More Information
Contact the principal of your child's school 
Director of Academics, Amy Ward-award@salidaschools.org
Mountain BOCES Assistant Special Education Director, LaRee Bearss-lbearss@mtnboces.org
Mountain BOCES Executive Director, Allan Ward, award@mtnboces.org

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