Persons wishing to refer a student for a special education evaluation should contact the student’s counselor. The counselor will initiate the process to determine whether a comprehensive case study is needed. With parents' written permission, the student will undergo a case study evaluation appropriate to the nature of the problem as stated in the referral. Upon the completion of the comprehensive case study, a multidisciplinary conference is convened to determine eligibility. Participants in the conference include the Special Education designee chairing the meeting, all personnel involved in the evaluation, parents, other persons having significant information regarding the student, persons who may become responsible for providing the Special Education program or service, general education teachers, the student, and other individuals at the discretion of the parents or Special Education Division.
Eligibility for Special Education services is terminated following the granting of a high school diploma or up to age 22. Parents and students have the right to review the student’s record at any time and will be provided with copies if so desired at their expense. Parents wishing additional information can obtain a more detailed description of programs and services from the Special Education office in Room 1141. Parents may also contact the student’s counselor to determine the steps necessary for a referral. A copy of the rules and regulations governing Special Education may be obtained upon request from the Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Branch. Parents may also contact the Director of Special Education should they have any questions concerning procedural or parental rights.