Special Education and Support Services
Maercker School District 60 complies with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for all individuals with identified disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. In order to be responsive to the diverse educational needs of the students, the Special Education Department of District 60, in conjunction with the SASED Cooperative for Special Education, offers a continuum of services in the least restrictive environment. This includes Early Childhood programming, resource and instructional programs for children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, social and emotional disorders, mental and physical handicaps and speech and language disorders. Support services are available in Speech and Language, Social Work, Health, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Vision and Hearing, and Assistive Technology.
The Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 requires a public school district to use a portion of its Federal Part B special education funds to provide students with disabilities who attend private schools within the district the opportunity to participate in special education services offered by the district.
Each year, the administrators of the private schools within Maercker School District boundaries and parents of home-schooled children are invited to a meeting at the district office. Information is shared pertaining to how students who are suspected of having one or more disabilities may access the district programs.
Director of Teaching & Learning