Special Education Program
Special Education instructional programs are those in which a student spends 50 percent or more of the school day. A special education instructional program differs from the standard program in content, rate, emphasis, class size, and/or location.
Special Education support services are provided to students on a less-than-half-day basis.
Special Education Instructional programs are available through the Eisenhower Cooperative for Special Education. This multi-district cooperative provides programs for students with early childhood learning disabilities, educational or physical handicaps, moderate and severe mental impairments, behavior disorders, and emotional disturbances.
Special Education support services include learning disabilities and speech and language disorders. Also available are social work and psychological services, and home and hospital services for children who must be absent from school for extended periods.
District 125 offers a pre-school screening program during which 3 and 4 year olds are evaluated in the areas of vision, hearing, speech, language, and other developmental processes.
Important: Questions regarding the rules and regulations governing the administration of Special Education Programs should be directed to Mrs. Anne Krause or Mrs. Laura Gray.
Social Work Services: District 125's policy allows a teacher to refer a student or a student to refer him/herself for a conference with a social worker without notifying the child's parents. If the child appears to need regular counseling sessions, parents will be notified and permission obtained, unless the child objects. If you do not want your child to see a social worker without your permission, please contact your child's principal.
Speech Therapist: A Speech Therapist serves the district and also offers a screeing for all students. Should a difficulty be diagnosed, the parent is notified. Therapy is provided for all students requiring help. Parents will be kept informed of the child's progress.
Discipline of Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who violate school policies or rules of conduct shall be disciplined pursuant to the Board's student disciplinary policies and procedures and in accordance with the requirements of State and federal law. All behavioral interventions for students with disabilities shall be utilized in accordance with federal and state law and such students' individualized education programs (IEP's).
Section 504: It is the policy of the Board of Education of School District No. 125 to provide a free appropriate public education to all students who are identified as a disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973("Section 504"), regardless of the nature of severity of the student's disability. In providing educational services to students within identified disabilities, the School District will reasonably accommodate the student's individual educational needs. Such accommodations may include, but is not limited to, the provision of regular and special education and related supplemental aides and services.