Special Education

                                                                                                       
                                                         Greg Bublitz, Director Special Services

In accordance with state and federal guidelines, East Maine School District 63 provides a full continuum of special education and related services for those children who meet specific eligibility and reside within the District.  Schools are committed to identifying individual student's needs and providing services in the least restrictive environment, as well as providing access to and participation in the general education curriculum as much as possible.

Each school has a Student Services Team, which may include general and special education teachers, psychologist, social worker, speech and language pathologist, nurse, administrator and other staff as deemed necessary.  Teams are committed to problem-solving and identifying those research-based interventions necessary to maximize student learning.

    Parents/guardians may obtain additional information by contacting :  847-299-1900

The 2009 special education rights guide, Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois, is now available.  This document is a major rewrite of the 2001 A Parent's Guide: The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities.  This guide was collaboratively developed and reviewed by the Parent Task Force on Accessible Education Materials, parent leaders, special education administrators, parent and advocacy organizations, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

The 2009 edition has been designed to serve as a useful resource to both parents and school personnel.  The guide includes a comprehensive narrative outlining the principle rights and procedures for special education.  To maximize user-friendliness, the guide allows the reader to obtain a detailed overview of special education as a whole, or to research a specific topic.

The online version of the Guide may be found here.

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 Special Education Letter - Posted on Friday October 26, 2012

We are sending this letter to inform all District 63 families of upcoming changes regarding the placement of students with special needs being serviced by an I.E.P. (Individualized Education Program).  In District 63, “Empowering All Students to Succeed in a Changing World” guides all decisions made on behalf of children.  Knowing this, our special needs students, appropriate to the individual student’s I.E.P, will be educated in their home schools and included to a greater extent in the general education environment when we return to school next August for the 2013-2014 school year.

What does this mean?  

  • Students will no longer be sent to a different school simply because they have a disability. 
  • Most students will be educated in the general education environment among their peers.
  • All students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will continue to receive all services required by their IEP.
  • More resources will be available for the support of all children in the classroom.
  • Students, where appropriate to their needs and outlined by their I.E.P., may still be educated in a small classroom environment.

           District 63 is dedicated to meeting the needs of diverse and inclusive group of students and families.  By moving to a more inclusive district, we will be honoring our mission and honoring the talents of all District 63 students as well as honoring the law by being in compliance with state and federal laws. 

          Additional information will be available on the district website and at conferences.  Administrators and case managers will be available throughout the school year to answer specific questions for individual students.  Please also refer to the following sources for information on inclusion:

 

Least Restrictive Environment Newsletter

http://www.disabilitycompass.org/publications/back-issues-of-disability-solutions/volume-six-and-seven/6-3.pdf/view

http://nichcy.org/schoolage/placement/placement-lre/