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Darien School District #61 news

Jul 05, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

Special Education services in District #61

Darien Public Schools District #61 offers a full continuum of special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA). The district provides free and appropriate education (FAPE) for all individuals with identified disabilities.

A continuum of services is available to support the education of children with disabilities. Services are provided for children three (3) through twenty-one years (21) of age who meet federal guidelines for one or more of the following categories:

Social work, speech and language therapy, and occupational and physical therapy are some of the related services provided for individual students as appropriate.

• Autism

• Cognitive Disability

• Deaf/Blind

• Deaf

• Developmental Delay

• Emotional Disturbance

• Hearing Impaired

• Multiple Disabilities

• Orthopedically Impaired

• Other Health Impaired

• Specific Learning Disability

• Speech and Language Impaired

• Traumatic Brain Injury

• Visual Impairment

LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE)

To meet the diverse educational needs of the students, Darien Public Schools District #61 is a member of the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE). LADSE is a co-operative comprised of elementary and high school districts. Member districts combine resources to provide appropriate services for students who meet eligibility and reside within the cooperative.

The School Association for Special Education (SASED)

Darien Public Schools District #61 is a participating member of SASED that provides services for children with low incidence disabilities.

Congratulations to Kathy Spencer

Congratulations to Kathy Spencer who has worked in District #61 for the last 29 years. During her time she has served as a School Social Worker and SST Coordinator for the District. Mrs. Spencer has worked at the former Fairview School, along with Lace and Eisenhower Junior High School while in the District.

Mrs. Spencer earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Illinois. She went on to earn a Masters in Social Work through Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Congratulations on your retirement.

Changing of the Guard

Thanks to Melissa Christie who ended her term with the District #61 Board of Education in May. Ms. Christie served as a Board member for four years and chaired the Board Policy Committee.

Managing pests

According to provisions of Public Act 91-0525 and Public Act 91-0099, the school will notify parents, guardians, and school employees two business days prior to pesticide applications on or in school property. Antimicrobial agents, insecticide baits, and rodenticide baits are excluded from this notification requirement. Currently the district only uses traps provided by Anderson Pest Control. Megan Stoltz, Chief School Business Official, is responsible for the oversight of pest management.