Dr. Juliet McClard
|Special Education/Early Childhood Special Education|
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All responsible public agencies are
required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are
under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the
disability, including children attending private schools, children who live
outside the district but are attending a private school within the district,
highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who
are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability
and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to
grade. The St. Charles School District assures that it will provide a free,
appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities
between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include
autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness,
mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic
impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech
or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness
and young child with a developmental delay.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a
civil rights statute, which prohibits exclusion from programs or activities
because of one's disability. A person is disabled under Section 504 if he or
The St. Charles School District complies with
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by providing services to students
requiring assistance and who qualify for services under the Rehabilitation
Act, as outlined in the student's individual 504 plan.
The City of St. Charles School District is
proud to serve our special education students each year. We are dedicated to
providing every eligible student with an effective Individualized Education
Program in the least restrictive environment. With a complete continuum of
service delivery models, an expert staff, on-going and specialized staff
development and knowledgeable supervision and support, we are committed to
offering not only appropriate educational services, but also services which
are of the highest in quality.
If you suspect your child may have a developmental delay or disability, the City of St. Charles School District can open a window of hope for a brighter future. Services at no cost to the family are available to all eligible individuals from age three up to 21 years of age regardless of the severity of their disability. All referrals are considered confidential. All special education services are provided at no cost. If you feel your child is lagging behind in any developmental area, contact us and request a screening appointment. If the screener feels there are areas of concern after the screening, they will refer your child for further evaluation. All test results will be shared with you once they are complete.
The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law. Special education services are available to eligible children and youth identified with a disability that may be experiencing difficulties at school.
Private and Parochial
If your child attends a private or parochial
school and you suspect a disability, please contact Gina Peters at 443-4037 or
Homebound instruction is one of the services
available to students in the St. Charles School District who, because of their
medical/disabling condition prevents them from attending school safely. A
certified teacher provides services to students in the home setting with
parent supervision. A homebound application must be completed by the students
attending physician showing diagnosis, reason for confinement, and approximate
length homebound instruction will required. The recommendation must be for a
minimum of four weeks and no longer than twelve weeks (without a new
application for an extension). Homebound applications are available from the
Student Services Office; contact Dinah Griesenauer at 443-4036.
The St. Charles School District in compliance with state regulations provides surrogate parents to students with disabilities who do not have a parent or legal guardian. Individuals are trained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and act on behalf of students during school related meetings/conferences.
For additional information, please contact the office of Student Services.