Understanding the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) 

D64 has prepared information and documents to assist families in understanding the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) process. One can view a video presentation at this link. The slide deck and accompanying parent guidance document are also available.  Please reach out to Dr. Lori Lopez or Dr. Lea Anne Frost with any questions.

Extended School Year (ESY) 

Continuation of the school year for qualifying students with special needs. The focus is to maintain the student's current progress toward meeting their individualized education program goals. This program extends the school year (in the student's current grade level) into June and July. More information about Extended School Year is available here.

Section 504 Parent Information

D64 is pleased to provide a new version of our 504 manual especially for families. The manual was created to be shared publicly for the first time in 2019-20 to clearly identify the processes and procedures related to the District’s 504 plan. It is hoped this manual will be helpful to families whose students may qualify for 504 services by offering an easy to understand summary of what may be expected. 

Informational program on 504 process, parent rights 

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 held an information session on September 17, 2019 for parents on the recently updated 504 processes parent handbook at Roosevelt School's Learning Resource Center. View the presentation here.

Behavioral Intervention Procedures

D64 maintains behavioral intervention procedures in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Code. Current behavioral intervention procedures can be found here.

Service logs available for parents/guardians of children with disabilities

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the District must provide students with disabilities with appropriate special education and related services to address their educational needs. If your student receives related services from the District through their Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) document, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, social  work, nursing services, and speech and language therapy, you may request copies of related service logs developed and maintained by the District for your child. These related service logs include information regarding the type and duration of related services administered to your child. If you have any questions regarding your child’s special education services, please contact Dr. Lea Anne Frost, Director of Student Services.

Resources from ISBE

Many excellent resources are available from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). District 64 joins with ISBE in affirming that parents can positively impact their children’s learning and healthy development, and that when families, schools and communities partner together, schools thrive and students benefit. 

  • Visit the ISBE's Special Education & Support Services - Resources for Parents website here
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Or, view this ISBE publication directly: Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois (August 2020 - PDF

Facilitated IEP Training

District 64 utilized this presentation during the January 23 and 24, 2019 training sessions offered to parents.

Community offers input as District 64 expands Special Education Services

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 asked for and received your input on changes and expansion of its special education services. The community feedback was compiled and reviewed by the Board of Education on April 27. After reviewing, the Board supported the administration's recommended expansion of the Special Education continuum of services.

On April 13, we asked you to learn about the adding of this program to our continuum of services by watching this brief video presentation. If you haven’t watched it, please do so. We also asked community members to answer a feedback form about what they perceived to be the programs strengths and any concerns they had about it. The answers to that form were compiled, analyzed and made into charts that identify the strengths, concerns, and additional information (view charts at the bottom of this page)

Based upon the comments reviewed, the administration also developed a Frequently Asked Questions document to further clarify information and address additional questions.

We reviewed the 255 survey responses we received as of April 24. The responses represented all District 64 schools, including parents with students who are in outplacements.  As many of the responses included multiple comments, each comment was coded individually.  Please note that each chart was not able to be configured with common values (strengths had a high value of 125; concerns had a high value of 30; additional information had a high value of 60).  

There were 313 comments noted within the strengths of the program proposal. The top three strengths were: specialized programs, more specifically addressing and supporting the needs of students; the opportunity for students to remain in-district; and the inclusion of students, both general education and special education students as well as providing a general education environment for the practicing of skills.

There were 273 comments noted within the concerns of the program proposal. The top three concerns were: staff allocation (how many staff and when will staff know if they are assigned to this program); cost (respondents were concerned with a potential cost increase some in light with the economy in a COVID-19 environment); and, loss of home school.

There were 236 comments in the “additional feedback” section of the form. The top four comments were related to: appreciation of the communication and the benefits to students; the training of staff that was mostly positive; staff allocation; and, specialized instruction (which were mostly positive about increasing the continuum of services and including students).

For additional information, please contact the Director of Student Services, Dr. Lea Anne Frost at 847-318-4332 or lfrost@d64.org.

The charts below provide feedback from the community identify what the public has viewed as the strengths, concerns, and additional information regarding the proposed Special Education expansion program.

Parent Workshops

Planning for the Future of Children with Special Needs

On March 4, 2020, the All Abilities group in coordination with the District 64 Student Services Department hosted a presentation on the Legal and Future Planning for Children and Adults with Special Needs. This information was presented by attorney Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law. Click here to see his presentation that was provided at the meeting. The last page of the presentation allows parents the ability to request more specific information about topics from Mr. Rubin.

Strategies for Toilet Training Children

Noted behavior consultant Alice Belgrade conducted a parent workshop on March 5, 2019 on strategies for toilet training children. Here are the resource materials she shared with parents: