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Exceptional Student Services

Danielle Ceja, EdS – School Psychologist –

Jennifer Johnson- Principal -



Creede School provides a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment in order for students to reach their unique potential in and beyond the classroom.  The District encourages and inspires students to achieve academic excellence, build character, and discover a life-long love of learning.



We believe that all students can learn at high levels.  We believe in research-based inclusive educational practices, policies, and procedures.



Our goal is to ensure that all students with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for continuing education, employment, and independence. 



To identify students who may be eligible for special education services, various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis.  These screening activities may include:  hearing, vision, physical and speech/language screening; a review of group-based data, cumulative academic records, ability and achievement test scores, enrollment records, report card information, and health/wellness records; and a review by the MTSS Team.  



To qualify as an exceptional student, the child must be of school-age, in need of specially designed instruction, and meet eligibility criteria for one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities:  autism spectrum disorder, deaf-blindness, developmental delay (up to age of 8), serious emotional disability, hearing impairment including deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impaired, specific learning disability, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment including blindness.  



Parents who suspect their child is eligible for special education services may request a multidisciplinary evaluation at any time through a written request to the Building Principal or School Psychologist.  If in agreement, the Creede School District will conduct an evaluation of the child once prior written notice and consent is obtained.  



If your child is found eligible for special education services, and in need of specially designed instruction, a team composed of educational professionals and the parent(s), determines a student’s unique needs and while considering a variety of factors, will create an Individual Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a legal document that describes how Creede School District provides services to a student with exceptional needs.


IEP Team, from a continuum of services, decides the appropriateness of how these services will be delivered to the student and can include (but is not limited to):

  • General Education with no direct special education support services (i.e.-consultation and support with general education teacher )

  • General Education with direct special education services and/or other related services within the classroom

  • Pull-out special education services and other related services for a small portion of the school day. 



San Luis Valley BOCES:

San Luis Valley BOCES Parent Information:

Colorado Department of Education-Special Education