Education of Children with Disabilities


The School District shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the District, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and implementing provisions of the School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The D401 Board of Education's policy on the education of children with disabilities can be found in Section 6:120 of the District Policy Manual.


Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)


If it is determined that a child has a disability (as defined under IDEA) and needs special education and related services by reason of the disability, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed for the child. This applies to children between ages 3 and 22 (inclusive).

For students eligible for services under IDEA, the District shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement and delivery of services to children with disabilities provided in the ISBE Special Education rules.


Inspecting IEP Records


Parents/guardians have the right to inspect and/or obtain a copy of their child’s school student records prior to any IEP meeting.

Written requests to inspect and/or copy the student records should be submitted to Ms. Kelli Girka, Student Services secretary, at girkak@epcusd401.org or Elmwood Park CUSD 401, 8201 West Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707.


Requesting an Interpreter


Qualified interpreters are available at IEP team meetings upon request for parents/guardians whose native language is other than English. If a qualified interpreter is not available, the District may use outside vendors, including telephonic interpreters.

Parents/guardians, including parents/guardians who are deaf, may request an interpreter at IEP team meetings by contacting their child's special education coordinator (scroll down or use this link for contact information).

Requests for an interpreter at IEP meetings should be made at least 10 days before such meetings whenever possible.

Parents/guardians have the right to request that the bilingual interpreter provided at an IEP meeting by the District serve no other role in the IEP meeting than as an interpreter, and the District will make reasonable efforts to fulfill this request.

Parents/guardians may contact the Special Education Coordinator with any questions or complaints about interpretation services.


Notice About Related Services Logs


Per Illinois legislation, the following serves as a notice for the parents/guardians of students with disabilities who may receive related services as part of their IEPs.

District 401 will maintain related service logs that record the delivery and number of minutes of the related service(s) administered to such students. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities may request copies of their child's related services logs at any time.

If you have any questions about related services logs, please contact your student's related services provider or the special education coordinator for your building


Section 504 Accommodations


In addition, it is the intent of the District to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.

Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

A student who does not qualify for an IEP under IDEA may qualify for services under Section 504 if the student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.


Procedural Safeguards


The District has established a system of procedural safeguards for those students who, because of disability as defined by Section 504, need or are believed to need special instruction or related services. The safeguards cover students' identification, evaluation and educational placement.

The system includes notice, an opportunity for the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with opportunity for participation by the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), representation by counsel, and a review procedure.

Copies of publications explaining the procedural safeguards under IDEA and Section 504 may be obtained from the District Office.


Cooperative Associations & Nonpublic Programs


The District may maintain membership in one or more cooperative associations of school districts that shall assist the District in fulfilling its obligations to its disabled students. If necessary, students may also be placed in nonpublic special education programs or education facilities.


If You Have Questions


Inquiries regarding the identification, assessment and placement of children with disabilities should be directed to:

Department for Student Services
Elmwood Park CUSD 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
708-583-5850

Questions may also be directed to Dr. Kari Smith, who oversees Student Services for the District: 

Dr. Kari Smith
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
708-583-5836
smithk@epcusd401.org


Special Education Coordinators


Ms. Antigone Campobasso
Special Education Coordinator
Elm Middle School & Elmwood Park High School
708-583-5851
campobassoa@epcusd401.org

Ms. Pamela Stutzman
Special Education Coordinator
Elmwood & John Mills Elementary Schools
708-583-5852
stutzmanp@epcusd401.org