January 22, 2021 - Qualified Interpreter Law
Public school districts are required to take whatever action is necessary to facilitate a parent or guardian’s understanding of and participation in IEP and Section 504 meetings. This includes the provision of interpreter services for parents/guardians whose native language is not English or a sign language interpreter for parents/guardians who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the absence of qualified interpreters on staff, school districts may use outside vendors, including telephonic interpreters. Parents/guardians have the right to request that an interpreter provided by the school district serve no other role during an IEP or Section 504 meeting, and the school district must make reasonable efforts to comply with that request. To request an interpreter or if you have any questions or complaints about interpretation services, please contact Dr. Candace Wells, 815-937-3710
August 23, 2020 - Draft IEP and Service Log Update
On Friday, August 23, 2020 Governor Pritzker signed new state laws regarding special education services that became effective immediately. Please be advised that the district is required to communicate the following changes to parents:
Parents/guardians will be notified of the scheduled time, date and purpose of IEP meetings held for their child at least 10 calendar days in advance, which can be waived by agreement. At least 3 school days prior to IEP meetings, parents/guardians will be provided with copies of all written material that will be discussed at the meeting, except for materials related to placement and related services. The documents will be provided to parents electronically. Parents/guardians will also be provided with copies of the related service logs upon request. Parents/guardians will be included as part of the collaborative team that determines RtI (response to intervention) supports and services.