Special Education

Special Education Services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Colorado's Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA) have established the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as the structure for planning and implementing goals and objectives for children with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C (Child Find). Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Garfield Re-2 School District uses a collaborative team process to help address students who struggle with in our schools as part of the District's RtI (Response to Instruction) process. This is a on-going team that reviews student data including; formal assessments, benchmark assessments, classroom performance data, parental information and other data to provide a comprehensive body of evidence. Interventions or extensions are formulated to meet the identified student need. The team continues to meet to progress monitor the interventions and determine next steps.

14 kids (7th or 8th graders) that had 10 or more referrals – out of school/inschool suspensions are not changing behavior – disrespect, do not respond to the support structure like 100s of kids do.


Do not fall in category of social emotional needs;


80-90% of the time kiddos are put in the Shelley’s cub time;


chronically disruptive;


We want their education to continue, we don’t want to exclude them;


Unmet need in our community. These kids are at risk of dropping out, They want to learn, they just want to learn in their way.


Special Services and Programs
Garfield Re-2 School District implements a variety services to address student's individual needs. In compliance with both state and federal laws, special education programs are available for students with disabilities. Garfield Re-2 School District offers a range of special education services to meet the varied needs of our students. Each school has a moderate needs program, while Graham Mesa Elementary, Highland Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary, Rifle Middle, Riverside Middle and Rifle High School also house center based Significant Support Needs Programs. We also have a 18-21 transition program at Rifle High School.

These services can be seen in the form of inclusionary support, collaborative programs, pull out programs, self contained programs and Day Treatment programs. Garfield Re-2 School District strives to match students with programs that match their individual needs and challenge them as learners.

Garfield Re-2 School District also provides related services that continue to allow our students to be successful. These are services such as Speech Therapy, School Psychology, Occupational Therapy services, Vision Specialist and other low incidence services that help address stated needs in a student's Individualized Education Plan and support their success and participation in school.

For further information contact:

Diane Haupt
District Special Education Director
(970) 665-7600

Special Education Director

Diane Haupt
District Special Education Director

(970) 665-7600

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