Special Education Process

  • Laws at both the federal and state levels closely regulate special education in public schools. In accordance with these important laws, districts are required to adopt many policies, procedures, and practices when it comes to special education.

    North Shore School District 112 recognizes that parents are going to have questions about the special education process. Parents are encouraged to contact the Associate Principal for Student Services (APSS) at their child’s school in the event that they have any questions about the special education process. Contact information for the APSS at your child’s school can be found on the staff directory portion of the Department of Student Services website.

    A helpful resource for parents on special education was developed in 2009 by the Illinois State Board of Education and is entitled: Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois.

    Students are identified for special education through a child find process as required by federal and state law. Each school in North Shore School District 112 has the necessary staff and assessment tools to determine whether or not a child is eligible for special education. 

    For students who are 3-5 years old, developmental screenings are available at the Preschool Program at Green Bay Early Childhood Center. The developmental screenings provide the Early Childhood Team with information to determine whether or not additional testing is necessary.  Please contact Principal Chelsey Maxwell, at 224-765-3060 should you have any questions.

    North Shore School District 112 provides interventions to supplement research based core instruction when students are struggling academically or behaviorally at the elementary and middle school levels. Each school has a Problem Solving Team that regularly reviews student progress and assists in connecting students to appropriate academic or behavioral interventions.

    While a student receives an intervention, their progress is monitored and this information is used by the Problem Solving Team to make decisions about whether or not the current intervention is working, to inform decision making about attempting different or additional intervention(s), or to request a referral for additional testing to determine if the student may qualify for special education.

    The process of providing students struggling academically or behaviorally with interventions to supplement the core curriculum and then monitoring the impact of the interventions in making decisions about a student is the foundation of Response to Intervention (RtI). Each school district in Illinois is required to utilize RtI when making special education eligibility decisions for students when a Specific Learning Disability is suspected.

    If you suspect that your child has a disability, please review the referral process outlined in the Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois (link above) or contact the Principal or Associate Principal for Student Services at your child’s school. Additional information can be found in the Procedural Safeguards for parents and guardians of students with disabilities. 

    In North Shore School District 112, services are provided for children who qualify for special education through the following eligibility categories:

    • Autism
    • Cognitive Disability
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Deafness
    • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
    • Emotional Disability
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impaired
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech and Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment