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Special Education

Special Education services provide specialized programming for students who have been identified with having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Once students are found eligible for special education, an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is developed. An IEP is created in collaboration with parents, general education teachers, and special services staff on a yearly basis minimally.  The IEP details the student’s needs as well as what will be done to address those needs. Related services are designed to support students in benefitting from special education and include but are not limited to social work, psychological services, speech/language therapy, transportation, assistive technology, occupational and physical therapy, and adaptive physical education. It is important to note that related services are determined based on educational needs and differ in eligibility and services provided within a medical model. 

 

LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE)

Komarek School District is a member of the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE). LADSE is a cooperative of local elementary and high school districts. Member districts combine resources to provide appropriate services for students who reside within the cooperative. 

 
 

Special Education Notifications

Interpretation Services

Interpretation services are available at Special Education/IEP meetings for parents whose native language is other than English, or who are deaf, to assist with participation in the meeting.  If you would like an interpreter at your child’s Special Education/IEP meeting, please request an interpreter by contacting the Director of Student Services. You have the right to request that the interpreter serve no other role in the IEP meeting other than as an interpreter and the District will make reasonable efforts to fulfill this request. Please also contact the Director of Student Services with questions about interpretation services.


Medicaid Notification

  1. With a parent’s consent, the School District may access Medicaid or other public benefits or insurance programs in which the parent’s child participates and provide the child’s personally identifiable information to Medicaid or other public benefits or insurance programs in order to provide or pay for IEP services, to the extent permitted under the other public benefits or insurance programs.
  2. The School District may not require a parent to sign up for or enroll in public benefits or insurance programs in order for the parent’s child to receive IEP services.
  3. The School District may not require the parent to incur out-of-pocket expenses such as the payment of a deductible or co-pay amount incurred in filing a claim for services, other than any cost that the parent would otherwise be required to pay.
  4. The School District may not use a child’s benefits under a public benefits or insurance program if that use would decrease available lifetime coverage or any other insured benefit; or result in the family paying for services that would otherwise be covered by the public benefits or insurance program and that are required for the child outside of the time he/she is in school; or increase premiums or lead to the discontinuation of benefits or insurance; or risk loss of eligibility for home and community-based waivers, based on aggregate health-related expenditures.
  5. A parent’s refusal to allow the School District to access Medicaid or other public benefits or insurance programs does not relieve the District of its responsibility to ensure that all required IEP services are provided to the child at no cost to the parent. Likewise, the withdrawal of consent or refusal to provide consent under 34 C.F.R. Part 99 and Part 300 to disclose personally identifiable information to Medicaid or other public benefits or insurance programs does not relieve the School District of its responsibility to ensure that all required services are provided at no cost to the child.
  6. A parent has the right under 34 C.F.R. Part 99 and Part 300 to withdraw his/her consent to access Medicaid or other public benefits or insurance programs and/or to disclose his/her child’s personally identifiable information to Medicaid or other public benefits or insurance programs at any time.

Provision of Related Service Logs for Students receiving Special Education/Related Services:

Students with disabilities may receive related services as part of their individual education programs (IEPs). Komarek SD 94 will maintain related service logs that record the type and number of minutes of the related service(s) administered to such students. Copies of any related service logs will be available to parents/guardians at their child’s annual review IEP meeting. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities may also request copies of their child’s related service logs at any time.