Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities

  • Disability services

    Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities, including parent-teacher conferences, school programs and school board meetings, on an equal basis and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. Where necessary, the district may provide separate or different aids, benefits, or services from, but as effective as, those provided to others. The district will provide reasonable accommodations where necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity. Each service, program, or activity operated in existing facilities shall be readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the Superintendent or building principal if they have a disability which will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far as possible before the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting. Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or federal law by filing a grievance under the Uniform Grievance Procedure (Board Policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure).

    Complaint Managers:

    • Claire Kowalczyk, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent,, 847-963-3202, 580 N 1st Bank Drive, Palatine IL 60067
    • Thomas Edgar, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services,, 847-963-3106, 580 N 1st Bank Drive, Palatine IL 60067

    Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    Students who are eligible to receive special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are to be provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE). An Individualized Education Program (IEP) must be developed for each student who is eligible to receive special education and related services under IDEA. Parents/guardians who are deaf, or do not normally communicate using spoken English, are entitled to the services of an interpreter when participating in an IEP meeting.

    Inquiries regarding the identification of students with disabilities and IEPs may be directed to: Mindy McGuffin, Ed.D., at 847-963-3149, or 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.

    Section 504 Services

    Students who do not qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act may qualify for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child 1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, 2) has a record of physical or mental impairment, or 3) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. All children with disabilities have the right to a free and appropriate public education. If you have concerns about your child and believe that they have a disability that may require Section 504 Plan accommodations or special education services, please contact your child’s school administrator to begin the referral process. Parents/guardians who are deaf or do not typically communicate using spoken English are entitled to the services of an interpreter when participating in a Section 504 meeting.

    Inquiries regarding Section 504 may be directed to: Tom Edgar, Ph.D., Section 504 Coordinator/Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, 580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067, 847-963-3106.