Assessment accommodation resources are organized by assessment below. Resources are for the 2022-2023 school year.
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has granted flexibility for local school boards and charter school governing boards to implement a maximum of five Remote Learning Option days in lieu of canceling scheduled contact day(s) to protect the health, safety or welfare of students. Such Remote Learning Option days may not be part of a school’s calendar or scheduled ahead of time but rather should be used when unforeseen circumstances prevent in-person learning.
Schools that intend access to this flexibility should adopt a board policy or resolution that meets requirements established by CDE and develop a Remote Learning Option Plan for how the Remote Learning Option day will be implemented. Additional information and a sample board resolution are provided below.
- School District Calendar and Instructional Hours Guidance (Colorado Department of Education, p 12-14)
- CSI Sample Board Resolution: Remote Learning as a Result of Emergency School Closure (docx)
Notification to CSI
As a reminder, schools should communicate any unplanned school closures as well as Remote Learning Option days to Submissions_CSI@csi.state.co.us (Schools are welcome to include the CSI submissions email address in their emergency notification distribution list so they do not need to communicate emergency closure information separately to CSI).
During the 2022 and 2023 legislative sessions, two bills were signed into law impacting mandatory school policies and practices around physical intervention, restraints and seclusion of students. In 2023 House Bill 23-1191 was passed, explicitly prohibiting corporal punishment in public schools. Additionally, in 2022, House Bill 22-1376 was passed, establishing new and modifying existing requirements regarding restraints and seclusion in public schools. In May 2023, the State Board approved revisions to 1 CCR 301-45 to conform to changes made by House Bill 22-1376. The changes became effective on June 30, 2023.
Restraints and seclusion must only be used by trained employees in an emergency and with extreme caution after the failure of less restrictive alternatives and a determination that such alternatives would be inappropriate or ineffective. The revised regulations outline procedures related to:
- The administration of restraints and seclusion;
- Staff training;
- Documentation and notification requirements; and
- The review of the use of restraints and seclusion.
CSI schools should review the new requirements and revise their policies and practices. Additionally, CSI schools should ensure that a comprehensive review process is established for the appropriate use of restraint. This includes documenting incidents and the school’s review of incidents in the Statewide Student Information System (SIS) and reporting required data to the state annually via the School Discipline Collection. Schools should contact email@example.com for questions related to the revised annual restraint and seclusion data reporting requirements. Additional resources, and a sample policy are provided below.
- House Bill 22-1376 Supportive Learning Environments For K-12 Students – Effective May 26, 2022
- Rules for the Administration of the Protection of Persons from Restraint Act – Effective June 30, 2023 (A red-lined version can be accessed here)
- House Bill 23-1191 Concerning Corporal Punishment of Children in Certain Public Settings – Effective April 20, 2023
- CSI Advisory Bulletin: Physical Intervention Restraints and Seclusion in Public Schools
- CSI Sample Policy: Physical Intervention, Restraints and Seclusion
Looking for more? Check out CDE’s self-guided, self-paced Training on the Restraints and Seclusion Regulations
CSI is committed to honoring families’ private medical decisions while providing a learning environment free of disruption.
The CSI Board’s Access to Medically Necessary Treatment at School policy addresses how a student who has a prescription from a qualified health-care provider for medically necessary treatment receives such treatment in the school setting as required by applicable federal and state laws pursuant to its status as the Administrative Unit for all CSI Schools.
Form Templates: Schools should use the templates below to create their own Medically Necessary Request and Plan templates. Templates align with statutory requirements and CSI Board Policy.
Data Collection: Beginning the 2023-24 school year, schools will report the following information at the end of each school year to CSI via this Access to Medically Necessary Treatment Data Collection Form. The form collects:
- Number of requests your school received for Medically Necessary Treatment
- Of these, how many were approved?
- Of these, how many were denied?
- Of these, how many students with requests were on IEPs?
- Of these, how many students with requests were on a 504 plan?
Welcome to the resource hub for School Assessment Coordinators (SACs). Whether you’re new to the role or returning for another year, this section is intended to provide information and resources needed for success. Contact the Assessment Coordinator with feedback and suggestions on additional resources you’d like to see here.
The Colorado Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is a statewide program that provides survivors of stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence with a legal substitute address and mail forwarding. Under Colorado law, all state and local government agencies must accept a participant’s substitute address. ACP services are intended to enhance a comprehensive safety plan and contribute to increased survivor safety.
Each CSI school is expected to have one or more ACP-trained staff members should enrolling families be participating in the ACP programming. Beginning 2023-2024 school year, schools will need to sign an assurance of their understanding of ACP & uphold the necessary requirements.
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
- SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) provides nutrition education for SNAP recipients. SNAP-Ed teaches participants how to buy and prepare healthy foods on a budget, motivates people to increase physical activity, and make positive and healthy changes in the environments where families live.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federally funded U.S. Department of Agriculture program that provides USDA foods to low-income households.
- Colorado P-EBT are debit cards that are issued to provide additional funds for families to buy food when schools are out of session.
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy food, health referrals and other services free of charge to Colorado families who qualify.
- Hunger Free Colorado Food Finder is where you’ll find information on community resources, food and nutrition programs, and other public benefits designed to support you and your loved ones in your local area! This resource can help find local Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Congregate Meal sites (including Summer Meals sites which provide no cost meals and snacks to children during the summer months and long school vacations).
- 211 Colorado is another resource to search for Emergency Food, Community Meals, and Special Nutrition Needs by Location.
- Project Angel Heart (PAH) prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses free of charge. PAH delivers within a 640-square mile region of metropolitan Denver (within the E-470/C-470 loop border and west into Golden) and a 164-square mile region in Colorado Springs. They also ship meals to rural Coloradans eligible to receive meals.
- Everyday Eats (also known as Commodity Supplemental Food Program) where participants can pick up a monthly package of cereal, canned goods and dairy with plenty of low-sodium, diabetic-friendly options to make nutritious, complete meals. Eligibility includes age of 60 years or older, Colorado Resident, as well as must meet income guidelines.