High School District 214 serves more than 1,100 special education students with a variety of programs and special services. All district schools offer a comprehensive continuum of resource and credit services for learning disabled (LD) and behavioral disordered (BD) students. Special programs and special assistance are available for students with speech and language disabilities, hearing loss, visual impairments, and other mental and/or physical disabilities. Home or hospital instruction can be arranged through each of the schools for students so confined by medical certification for two weeks or more.
Any parent/guardian may request that their child be evaluated for eligibility in special education programs. Parents/guardians also have the right to be involved in each step of the evaluation and placement process. All identified special education students have an I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan) as determined by a multidisciplinary team that includes parents/guardians.
Students residing in High School District 214, but attending private or parochial schools, are eligible for certain special education services, including speech, language therapy, physical or occupational therapy, resource assistance, psychological counseling, and home or hospital instruction.
Questions or comments about special education services in High School District 214 may be directed to the District Assistant Superintendent for Student Services at 847-718-7657, or to the Assistant Principal for Student Services in each high school.
Special Education Transfers
Special education students who transfer either between schools within High School District 214 or from schools in other districts, will be admitted and will receive service in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.).
*Policy For Students With Disabilities
The policy for disabled students states:
- There will be a right to education for all children residing within the district.
- There will be an active and continuing program for correctly identifying disabled children.
- Identified disabled children, residing in the district, will be provided a free appropriate public education (including transportation).
- Individuals identified as disabled will be placed in the least restrictive environment.
- There will be a guarantee of procedural safeguards, confidentiality of records, nondiscriminatory testing, and due process procedures.
- The district will provide every identified disabled child with individualized education programs.
- The district will continue a comprehensive staff development program.
*Behavioral Interventions For Students With Disabilities
The purpose of this policy is to establish the process for High School District 214 to comply with P.A. 89-0191 on the use of behavioral interventions for students with disabilities.
The use of positive interventions is consistent with the educational goals of enhancing students; academic, social, and personal growth. While positive approaches alone may not always succeed in controlling extremely inappropriate behavior, the use of more restrictive procedures should always be considered to be temporary and approached with caution and restraint. The use of restrictive interventions should maintain respect for the individual student's dignity and personal privacy and adhere to professionally accepted educational practices. All of the procedural protections available to students with disabilities and their parents or guardians under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including notice and consent, opportunity for participation in meetings, and right to appeal, must be observed when implementing and/or developing behavioral interventions.
A complete copy of District 214 Behavioral Intervention Procedures can be obtained from assistant principals, student services and program directors.
* Mandated Information I.S.B.E.