Like all charter schools, the Odyssey School of Denver, is a public school. The Odyssey School of Denver serves students with disabilities and multilingual learners and provides services to students as required by state and federal law. Charter schools are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination. Laws applicable to students with disabilities include the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our charter contract with Denver Public Schools prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, immigration/citizenship status, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other basis on which discrimination is prohibited by law.
In most cases, the services required by a student with disabilities can be provided at the Odyssey School of Denver. As a part of Denver Public Schools, we participate in a district-wide system of center-based programs. Each student’s IEP team is responsible for determining the student’s special education placement, including services and educational setting; in some cases, the services and setting determined by the student’s IEP team may only be available in a center-based program on a different campus, in which case the district may determine that the IEP should be implemented in an alternate location. Under IDEA and Section 504, students with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The services a student requires under IDEA are described in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Under Colorado law (Exceptional Children’s Educational Act), the provision of FAPE and specific services required by a student’s IEP are a joint responsibility of the charter school and their authorizer, in our case, Denver Public Schools.
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