Department of Special Education Overview
Maine Township High School District 207 provides a full continuum of services and placements for students found eligible to receive special education services. We are committed to providing a supportive environment in which our students can develop academic, social, emotional, vocational, and life skills. The department offers a full continuum of services and placements from support in the general education environment to specialized instructional courses, and/or related services. The primary focus and goal of the department are to assist students in becoming independent effective self-advocates.
Maine Township High School District 207 coordinates and maintains specific procedures for referral, placement, and program development. Support and services for all students are provided as outlined within a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). All eligible students are entitled to special education and related services within a variety of settings through the age of 21, inclusive (i.e. through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday). Services and placement are determined by an IEP team through a multi-disciplinary conference based on the student’s individual needs. Educational services and placement is provided along a continuum within the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Placements at Maine Township High School District 207 may include:
Resource (Seminar) ↔ General Education with Support (Co-Taught, Supplementary Aids and Services, Teacher Assistants) ↔ Specialized Instruction ↔ Educational Life Skills ↔ Multi-Needs Program ↔ Ralph J. Frost Academy (Therapeutic Public Day School) ↔ Maine Township Transition Program (Transition Program)
ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES
Students may qualify for special education services under any of the following thirteen (13) categories: Autism | Deaf-Blindness | Deafness | Emotional Disability | Hearing Impairments | Intellectual Disability | Multiple Disabilities | Orthopedic Impairment | Other Health Impairment | Specific Learning Disabilities | Speech or Language Impairment | Traumatic Brain Injury | Visual Impairment
Click here to view the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) definitions of these disability areas.
Notice Regarding Students with Disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program (IEP), as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and implementing provisions of the School Code, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.
To ensure the continued safety of our students, families, and staff, the district will convene IEP meetings remotely, to the greatest extent possible; however, if the parent(s)/guardian(s) are unable to engage in a required meeting remotely, socially distanced in-person meetings may be held. If a meeting is held in person, participants may have the option to participate remotely. During in-person meetings, all IDPH requirements must be met including but not limited to wearing appropriate PPE, social distancing as much as possible, complying with capacity limits, and symptom screenings. D207 is committed to providing parents meaningful participation in the special education process and will partner with families to determine the most practical format to conduct meetings.
Draft IEP Paperwork – Maine Township HSD 207 provides parent(s)/guardian(s) with ‘draft’ paperwork in advance of Eligibility and/or Annual Review IEP meetings via Email using School Messenger in order to secure the confidential documents being sent electronically. For more information click here
PARENT / GUARDIAN RESOURCES INFORMATION
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) – Special Education Parent Rights
- ISBE – Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents/Guardians of Students with Disabilities (NOVEMBER 2018)
- ISBE – Aviso de Garantias de Procedimento para los Padres o Tutores Deestudiantes Condiscapacidades (NOVEMBER 2018)
- ISBE – Special Education Programs – Information for Parents/Guardians
Annual Notice to Parents
- Related Service Documentation – In accordance with Public Act 101-0515, Maine Township HSD 207 provides annual notice to parents/guardians regarding their rights in relation to the provision of related services to students who are eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Please be advised that if your child receives related services (such as speech, OT, PT, or social work) as part of his/her IEP, the district will maintain related service logs documenting the minutes of each related service that your student receives. These logs will be available to you at your child’s annual review meeting. You may also request a copy of the logs at any time. If you have any questions about this notice or would like to request a copy of the service log outside of an IEP meeting, please contact the resident school Department of Special Education office. For more information: HB3586 Annual Notice
- Qualified Interpreters – Qualified interpreters are available at IEP team meetings upon request for parents/guardians whose native language is other than English. If a qualified interpreter is not available, the district may use outside vendors, including telephonic interpreters. Parents/guardians, including parents/guardians who are deaf, may request an interpreter at IEP team meetings by contacting the resident school special education office. Parents/guardians have the right to request that the bilingual interpreter provided at an IEP meeting by the district serve no other role in the IEP meeting than as an interpreter. Requests for an interpreter at IEP meetings should be made at least 2 days before such meetings whenever possible. Parents/guardians may contact Edward Pieczynski, Assistant Director for Special Education with any questions or complaints about interpretation services.
Return to School Information for Parents
- Directions for joining an IEP – remote communication via Google Meet
- Notice of Confidentiality Requirements & Consent for Related Services during Remote Learning
- Return to School Protocol for Special Transportation