Education of Children with Disabilities

  • (refer to Board Policy 6:120)

    The district shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the district, as required by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and implementing provisions of The School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. The term “children with disabilities,” as used in this policy, means children between ages 3 and 15 (inclusive) for whom it is determined, through definitions and procedures described in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education rules, that special education services are needed.

    It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

    Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program, 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.

    Questions regarding special education should be addressed to the following:

    Grades pre-K – 5:

    Young Explorers Early Childhood Program and Westmoor School - Dr. Jenna Duffy, Elementary Assistant Director of Student Services (847) 504-3848

    Grades K-5:

    Meadowbrook and Greenbriar Schools - Nora Geraghty, Assistant Director of Student Services (847) 504-3602

    Grades 6 – 8:

    Northbrook Junior High - Dr. Heather Schultz,  Assistant Director of Student Services (847) 504-3503