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Special Education

INDIVIDUALIZED REMOTE E-LEARNING PLANS (IELP)

Individualized Remote E-Learning Plans: As we dealt with this similar circumstance in the spring of 2020, IEP teams created Individualized Remote E-Learning Plans (IELP) for our students as a result of the mandatory school closures. Moving forward, over the first quarter of the school year, IEP teams will be reviewing and making appropriate revisions (as needed) to existing plans and for our students new to the district (i.e. 9th-grade and transfer students) with IEPs, the IEP team will be working with families to implement an Individualized Remote E-Learning Plan as part of your child’s ‘Active IEP’. We have developed a list of questions and answers associated with the development and delivery of services through an IELP within this letter on page 2.  Your child’s assigned case manager will be working to revise and/or draft the IELP and will be in touch to seek your input prior to finalizing the plan. Other members of the team will also provide input over the course of the first quarter of the school year.

IEP MEETINGS

IEP Meetings: To ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff, the district will hold 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 during Phase 3 or greater of the Restore Illinois Plan. 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.

CONTINUUM OF SERVICES AND PLACEMENTS

Maine Township High School District 207 provides a full continuum of services and placements for students found eligible to receive special education services through the age of 21, inclusive (i.e. through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday). 

We are committed to providing a supportive environment in which our students with special needs 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 of Special Education is 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).

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.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program (IEP), as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 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.

SERVICES AND PLACEMENT OPTIONS

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)

PARENT RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (ISBE) – SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT RIGHTS

RETURN TO SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

‘DRAFT’ REPORTS & SERVICE DOCUMENTATION

  • HB3586 Annual Notice to Parents
  • 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. Maine Township HSD 207 will be providing 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 please visit the Special Education News and Announcements page.