Special Education Services: Description of Programs
Rich Township High Schools, District 227
Handicapped students have the right to a free, appropriate education. This education
is individualized and provided at the home campus whenever possible. All special education
programs in District 227 are operated under the guidelines set forth by the Illinois
Office of Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
Students are eligible for special education services if they exhibit one or more of
the following handicaps: hearing impairments/deafness, mental retardation, physical
handicaps, learning disabilities, speech defects, sight impairments/blindness, behavior
disorders, emotional disturbance, communication disorders, and health impairments.
The needs of a student are identified via a case study which consists of past performance,
current testing, and parent, student, and staff input.
Multidisciplinary conferences are established to determine eligibility. formulate
the student's individualized educational program (IEP), and consider placements. Selection
of appropriate courses will be completed by the special education staff, counselors,
student, and parent/guardian.
Programs are available for the learning disabled (LD), behavior disordered (BD), emotionally
disturbed (ED), trainable mentally handicapped (TMH), educable mentally handicapped
(EMH), communication disordered (CD), speech and language disabled (SL) students on
Less severe cases receive remedial and tutoring support services under the supervision
of resource or itinerant personnel while enrolled in the regular program.
Students with more severe characteristics are enrolled in cross categorical programs
which provide adapted instruction for all or most of the student's educational day.
A complete vocational program is available for eligible students. Special education
students are involved in regular education academic and extra curricular programs
as much as possible.
Medically and physically handicapped students are encouraged to participate in the
regular school program whenever possible. Support services are coordinated by counselors,
nurses, and other school officials.
Home/Hospital instruction is provided for any student with a health or physical impairment
which will cause an absence from school for more than two consecutive weeks. Parents
should obtain medical certification from their physician and return it to the campus
Pupil Personnel Office to initiate services.
Psychological testing and social work services are available when necessary.
Out of District
Special education programming for students who have severe and profound and/or low
incidence handicaps is provided with assistance from the SPEED Cooperative, or other
public and private schools. Students are referred to these off-campus programs only
when severe or unique problems of their handicapping conditions reflect a need for
intensified services that are not available at the home campus. Tuition and transportation
for these programs are provided by the district.
Contact the campus Pupil Personnel Service Department at any of the schools or the
District Office of Special Education for more information (c/o Rich
Central High School, (708) 748-8281).