Special Education Services

Special Education

The Pupil Services Department conducts and directs activities on an annual and on-going basis to identify and provide for the needs of children (ages 3-14) who may have a disability which interferes with learning and requires special education and/or related services, including Speech/Language. A full continuum of services is offered in order to meet each child’s free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for all children identified for special education services.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (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. Questions about the identification, assessment and placement of students should be directed to Kristen Moore, Director of Pupil Services at (847) 728-4142."

The District maintains related service logs that document the type and number of minutes of related service administered under a student’s individualized education program (IEP).  These related service logs will be available to parents/guardians at a student’s annual review IEP meeting.  Parents/guardians may also request a copy of any IEP related service log maintained for their child.  Please direct any requests for a copy of a related service log for your child to Kristen Moore, Director of Pupil Services.

Intervention Services

At times, students may require less formalized assistance in order to meet their potential. Intervention services range from consultations to teacher and/or parents, in-class support, resource room assistance, and special instructional classes. Diagnostic services to assist in educational planning are provided when specific testing or evaluations are necessary to provide support. All services are coordinated with the regular classroom program and parents are an important partner in this process. Services are accessed through a problem-solving process. Teachers and parents may contact the Pupil Services Team in their building to request assistance. The Pupil Services Team (consisting of professional staff from a variety of disciplines) meets to discuss the concern(s)and makes recommendations(s) for further action.

The Pupil Services Department provides services to identify and meet the individual needs and interests of Avoca students in the school setting. These services are available to all students and may be requested by parents as well as school personnel. Parental permission is received by the Pupil Services Department for specific Pupil Services Department testing other than an educational screening and for any type of direct service a student may receive from department personnel.

Questions regarding the availability of Pupil Services should be directed to Dawn Scaramuzza, Administrative Assistant to the Pupil Services Department. The Pupil Services office can be reached at (847) 728-4142.