Special Education & Student Services



Dual Credit Opportunities

Our District has partnered with Northern New Mexico College to offer dual credit opportunities to our students.  If you are interested, please contact our Guidance Counselor, David Mamich, for more information on how to enroll.

Northern New Mexico College

Students can earn college credit tuition-free!


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.


Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

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A Safe Zone is a designated location where students can receive support and resources needed in order to be successful in school.  Our Safe Zone program was implemented through the Reducing LGBTQ Adolescent Suicide (RLAS) organization to assist students that may be facing barriers.  Each school has a designated Safe Zone, which can be identified with Safe Zone signage.

Do you have questions about Safe Zone?

Contact our Safe Zone Team Leader at vigil_de@jmsd.k12.nm.us.

Section 504

Section 504 is a civil rights statute that provides certain protections to special education and general education students, employees, parents, and community members with disabilities.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA) may have rights if they are eligible under Section 504.

A person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working, has a disability under 504.


For Questions

Contact your school’s principal, counselor, or student assistance team to help with questions about your child and Section 504.

Or contact David Mamich, Section 504 Coordinator
Office: 575-638-5491
Email: mamich_d@jmsd.k12.nm.us

Special Education

Instructional Support

IDEA 2004 defines related services as: “(26) Related services.–(A) In general.–The term `related services’ means transportation, and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services (including speech-language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, social work services, school nurse services designed to enable a child with a disability to receive a free appropriate public education as described in the individualized education program of the child, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling, orientation, and mobility services, and medical services, except that such medical services shall be for diagnostic and evaluation purposes only) as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes the early identification and assessment of disabling conditions in children.” 34 CFR Section Sec. 602 (26) (A).


All students with disabilities (SWDs) are engaged in high-quality curriculum and instruction within inclusive educational environment opportunities that leads to deep learning which results in college, career, and community readiness.


The Special Education Division will provide supports to districts, parents, and SWDs to ensure outcomes of a free appropriate public education for students protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We will review data to make decisions that will impact support for SWDs to meet college and career-ready standards through equitable access to rigorous courses, high-quality instruction, and appropriate supports.

Core Values

The SED has high expectations, engages in culturally responsive practices, promotes student relationships, family and community engagement and a collective responsibility for SWDs and their families.

JMPS Handbook of Special Education Procedures

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Procedural Safeguards

Parent and Child Rights Procedural Safeguard Notice – December 2020 (pdf)
Derechos de los Padres y de/la Nino(a) en la Educacion Especial en Espanol (pdf)
Parent and Child Rights in Special Education in Navajo (pdf)

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Our district’s support services focus on addressing academic, social/emotional, and career development needs.

Support Staff listed by name and email address.
Employee Contact Information
David Mamich
District Guidance Counselor


MLSS is a holistic intervention framework that guides educators, those closest to the student, to intervene quickly when students need additional supports. The MLSS framework reflects the supports that the classroom teacher, school, family, health and wellness staff offer toward readying students to experience academic and behavioral success in school resulting in students being ready for success.


The MLSS Framework

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