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Special Education COVID-19 Resources For Parents

As you probably now know, remote learning will now continue through the end of the school year.  Please know that The Arc is staying on top of the evolving information that is important to parents. The Arc is collaborating with Jeffco, Clear Creek, and Gilpin school district’s Special Education leadership to ensure every student with a disability is engaged in learning.  Please continue to check this page of The Arc's website for reliable information, resources, and alerts. 

If you have individual advocacy questions, please make an advocacy request here:

No Waivers! Schools Must Comply with the IDEA and 504

We asked you to take action and you did! We asked you to contact your Members of Congress and request that they reject waivers of children's rights under the IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).

In the news release, the Ed Secretary advised that learning must continue during the COVID-19 crisis because "there is no reason that a student's access to FAPE cannot continue online, through distance education or other alternative strategies."

"While the Department has provided extensive flexibility to help schools transition, there is no reason for Congress to waive any provision designed to keep students learning."

"With ingenuity, innovation, and grit, I know this nation's educators and schools can continue to faithfully educate every one of its students."

Read the full text of the April 27 news release: Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA


Jeffco Public Schools' Food & Nutrition Services: 

Thanks to funding from the Jefferson County Commissioners, Jefferson County Schools will open 11 sites for the Summer Grab-and-Go Meals Program! (Note: Current meal service program last day is Fri., May 22).  The new program begins Wednesday, May 27.

Who: All children 18 and under (Adult meals will not be available in the summer program)

Dates of Service: May 27 - August 14, 2020 (No meals served on Memorial Day, 5/25)

Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:30am - 1pm

Meals Served: 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per child at no charge

Grab-and-Go Meal Sites for Summer 2020 (starting Wed., May 27):

  • Alameda Jr/Sr High School
  • Bear Creek High School
  • Conifer High School
  • Dunstan Middle School
  • Golden High School
  • Jefferson Jr/Sr High School
  • Lakewood High School
  • Pomona High School
  • Summit Ridge Middle School
  • Wayne Carle Middle School
  • Wheat Ridge High School

As COVID-19 impacts our community, Jefferson County Schools encourage families to continue to access meals at our Summer Grab-and-Go Meal sites. Measures for social distancing and reduced exposure will continue to help ensure the safety of the Jeffco community.

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