Students with Disabilities and Special Education Needs
St. Vrain Valley Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status), or disability in its programs or activities.
The APEX Homeschool Program is sponsored by the St. Vrain Schools and provides 1-day per week classes for students whose primary means of education is homeschooling with the parents being the students’ primary educators. This program does not discriminate based upon any of the aforementioned reasons in its enrollment.
If a qualified homeschool student desires to apply to APEX and that student requires specific accommodations related to a disability in order to access the courses, APEX will engage in an individualized inquiry regarding the student’s needs. The inquiry will be a meeting that will include a minimum of the student’s parents and/or guardians, a district special education representative, and a representative from APEX. The individualized inquiry will be conducted to determine if and how the program may support a qualified student to participate in the APEX courses. APEX enrollment process affords qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation.
Because APEX does not provide a full-time program, it does not provide the full range of IEP services that are provided elsewhere in the District. If your student has or needs an IEP, please contact Laura Hess, the Executive Director of Special Education at Hess_Laura@svvsd.org for assistance in finding an appropriate placement for your student.
Board Policy AC sets forth the District’s nondiscrimination policy. The District’s compliance officer is:
Damon Brown, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Educational Services Center
395 S. Pratt Parkway
Longmont, CO 80501
Telephone: (303) 776-6200
APEX Individual Inquiry Meeting Procedure
The APEX Homeschool Program is sponsored by the St. Vrain Schools and provides 1-day per week classes for students whose primary means of education is homeschooling with the parents being the students’ primary educators.
Any qualified student with a disability who wishes to apply to the APEX program must first contact the APEX Program Director to request an individualized inquiry meeting. The individualized inquiry meeting will include at a minimum the student’s parents or guardians, District special education staff, and an APEX representative.
The team’s first responsibility will be to review the nature of the student’s impairment and determine how it effects the student’s access to APEX’s education programs and activities. The meeting is not intended to be as comprehensive as a special education evaluation. However, in every case, the inquiry team needs to investigate the specific concern that triggered the individualized inquiry request. Information that might be considered includes but is not limited to: grades, attendance reports, behavior plans, review requests, cumulative file information, psychological evaluations, medical information, observations, and standardized testing information.
If the individualized inquiry determines that a student has a disability, the team’s second responsibility will be to identify the specific accommodations or services that will support equal access to the program. Accommodations are made by classroom teachers and other school staff that will enable the student to benefit from their education program. Documentation of the accommodations will be completed and written into a plan. The plan provides a summary of the accommodations that the student will require to gain equal access to the APEX program.
The student’s plan will be reviewed annually with more frequent meetings occurring if needed. The purpose of the annual review is to add, subtract, and/or modify student accommodations as needed.
If during the individualized inquiry, the team determines that the student is not qualified for the APEX program or requires services beyond those provided by APEX, the student will be referred to the Executive Director of Special Education for assistance in finding an appropriate placement. If the parent and School District disagree on placement, the decision of the District’s Executive Director of Special Education will control.