Student Services


Welcome to District 401's Department for Student Services! The department is led by:

Ms. Stephanie Daly
Director for Student Services
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
708-583-5836
dalys@epcusd401.org

District 401 ensures equal access and participation, and we are committed to providing the services and supports necessary for all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, citizenship status or religion.

All students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education under the law. The District will comply with all federal and state laws and regulations designed to ensure equitable access and participation.


Notice for Parents/Guardians of Students with IEPs


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 individualized education programs (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, please contact your student's related services provider or the special education coordinator for your building:

Mr. Joseph Koletsos
Special Education Coordinator | Grades PK-5
John Mills Elementary School & Elmwood Elementary School
708-583-5852
koletsosj@epcusd401.org

Ms. Mina Caputo
Special Education Coordinator | Grades 6-12
Elm Middle School & Elmwood Park High School
708-583-5851
caputom@epcusd401.org


What is the Student Services Department?


The Department for Student Services oversees the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
  • Section 504 Plans
  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Special Education Services

Our department works within the District's mission and vision to inspire minds in the pursuit of excellence. We do this while striving to cultivate the foundational elements essential to the educational success of all students, such as:

  • Individualized social-emotional learning processes
  • Rigorous academics fostering inquisitive minds prepared for critical thinking
  • Active and engaged partnerships with the community and parents
  • Innovative uses of 21st-century technologies for teaching and learning

For more information about the individual components of our department, please see the sections below or click the links located on the left-hand side of this page.
 


Suicide Prevention Resources


AnnMarie's Law, enacted in 2015, was created to provide suicide awareness and prevention to Illinois school students and school staff. As noted by the Illinois State Board of Education, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24.

District 401's practices and procedures regarding suicide prevention are governed by Board Policy 7:290, "Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention."

In addition, the following resources are available:

CRISIS TEXTLINE

  • 24-Hour Crisis Line is accessible via text.
  • Link to the website is available here.
  • Text "home" to 741741 to gain access to a crisis worker.

 NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

  • The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • English: 1-800-273-8255
  • Spanish: 1-888-628-9454
  • www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Contact Information


If you have questions about the services offered by our department, please use the following contact information: 

Department for Student Services
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
708-583-5854

Ms. Stephanie Daly
Director for Student Services
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
708-583-5856
dalys@epcusd401.org

Mr. Joseph Koletsos
Special Education Coordinator | Grades PK-5
John Mills Elementary School & Elmwood Elementary School
708-583-5852
koletsosj@epcusd401.org

Ms. Mina Caputo
Special Education Coordinator | Grades 6-12
Elm Middle School & Elmwood Park High School
708-583-5851
caputom@epcusd401.org

Ms. Ariana Di Diana
Student Services Secretary
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
708-583-5854
didianaa@epcusd401.org

Ms. Kelli Girka
Student Services Accounts Payable
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
708-583-5850
girkak@epcusd401.org


To Learn More


For additional details about student services in District 401, please visit the pages below.