The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Special Education Rights of Parents and Children Procedural Safeguards Notice and Annual Parent/Guardian Notices (Child Find, Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, and Medicaid).
Procedural Safeguards Notice(PDF File)
Public Notices (information about Child-Find, Carson Smith Scholarship, and Records Destruction)
RESOURCES and SUPPORT
Parent Advocacy: The Utah State Board of Education has established a group of Parent Advocates to provide parents of students with disabilities and/or students with disabilities the information, training, and skills to become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting the special learning and behavioral needs of students with disabilities. Parent advocacy services are designed to encourage and assist parents with ongoing communication and collaboration with schools in resolving disputes and are available at no cost to the family.
For more information or questions, please go to: Student and Parent Rights (USBE)
The Utah Parent Center: (UPC) is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1984 to provide training, information, referral, and assistance to parents of children and youth with ALL disabilities: physical, mental, learning and emotional. Staff at the Center are primarily parents of children and youth with disabilities who carry out the philosophy of PARENTS HELPING PARENTS.
Connect with Utah Parent Center
Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School
This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Authors: CADRE (The National Center for Dispute Resolution in Special Education)
Please follow this link for further information: Steps to Success 2019 Final Accessible 1.15.21
Jordan Family Education Center
The Jordan Family Education Center provides support services and classes for families and students in Jordan School District. These services are provided by the District’s school psychologists, counselors, and school psychology interns. The center offers classes and short-term counseling on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. There are three quarters packed full of interesting classes and support groups covering a variety of topics like parenting skills, dealing with adolescence, attention deficit, anger, anxiety, autism, blended families, and many more. Their classes have been added to the calendar above. They are located at 319 West 11000 South, South Jordan, UT 84095. These services are available to families at no cost as a service of the District.
You can see a list of their classes and when they are available here.
Acronyms Tip Sheet--Helpful list of Acronyms and what they stand for in the world of Special Education
Understanding State Assessments
- If your student participates in the DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps) for testing, there is an interpretive guide to understanding your student’s results. The DLM is the alternate assessment for Math and English/Language Arts that replaces the Utah Alternative Assessment (UAA). The UAA continues to be used for Science.
- The alternate assessment is intended for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. These students have intellectual functioning well below average and have impairments or deficits in adaptive functioning (i.e. communications, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-directions, functional academic skills, work leisure, health and safety). Students need to meet both criteria for participation in the DLM. This means that most students with disabilities will participate in the SAGE Assessment. Students taking the alternate assessment may be identified under a variety of educational categories, including cognitive disabilities, autism, multiple disabilities, and traumatic brain injury.
- Required Civics Test
Additional Resources Available
Help Me Grow--Help Me Grow Utah provides families with free information regarding community resources and child development for children ages 0-8 years-old who live in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Services offered include: Information on general child development and parenting topics, referrals to community resources, developmental screening questionnaires, and developmental activities for parents to use at home.
Phone: (801) 691-5322
United Way 211--United Way 2-1-1 Info Bank, a program of Community Services Council, is a free information and referral line for health, human, and community services. 211 provides information and referral on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, childcare resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit, governmental agencies.
Address: 257 East 200 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Toll-free: (888) 826-9790
Medicaid Consent-Jordan School District, along with all public school districts in Utah, has the opportunity to bill the state Medicaid program for partial reimbursement for health-related services provided to special education students. The monies received from Medicaid are used to pay for classroom staff, related services, and materials used in the provision of health related services. It is beneficial to your child’s educational program for the district to access these funds. In order to seek this reimbursement, we are required by federal regulations to notify you annually and also get your one-time written consent. With the new regulations, we only need to get your written consent one time, and it will remain in effect during the time your child receives special education services in Jordan School District. If you change your mind about Medicaid consent in the future, you may contact the Health Services Department at 801-567- 8515.
A copy of this form and explanation letter including some FAQ can be found here Medicaid Letter Consent FAQ it is also available in Spanish Medicaid Letter Consent FAQ SP.
TC-40D Tax Form- In previous years the Utah State Tax Commission provided an exemption form, TC-40D: Dependent with a Disability Exemption, for families with dependents who met certain criteria including certain disability classifications and current IEP services. The state discontinued this program after the 2019 tax year. Some parents continue asking for these forms not realizing that the state no longer supports this program. It has been verified with the tax commission that the program is still not in effect.
If you are a family that is being audited and need the form filled out for a previous tax year, we have copies of the last three updated versions of the form in our office (2012, 2015, 2018). The form must be filled out and signed by an administrator, as well as disability classification for the tax audit year verified in GoalView, as not all disabilities qualify. Please let us know if you need any help verifying this information for families who may be needing past information for a tax audit.