Student Services

Welcome to District 401's Department for Student Services. We oversee English Learner (EL) and special education services for D401 students, including individualized education plans and related services.

Contact Information

Dr. Kari Smith is Director for Student Services. Ms. Smith also serves as the District's McKinney-Vento homeless liaison. 

► Email:

► Phone: 708-583-5836

► Main: 708-452-7292

English Learner (EL) Services

Ms. Jamie Ponce, assistant principal at John Mills Elementary School, is Director for EL & Bilingual Services.

► Email:

► Phone: 708-583-6284

McKinney-Vento Homeless Information

Homeless children are provided equal access to the District’s educational programs in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and state law (Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act). 

District procedures are intended to remove barriers to enrollment for children who are homeless. In addition, District 401 has designated the Director for Student Services Dr. Kari Smith as its liaison for families experiencing homelessness.

The District liaison for families experiencing homelessness coordinates services to facilitate the enrollment of children and the provision of opportunities for academic success.

Policy 6:140 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual governs District 401's rules and procedures for the education of homeless children.

To Learn More

Please contact Dr. Kari Smith if you have questions. We look forward to working with you!