Special Education

  • Special Education Word Cloud
    Core PurposeIn partnership with our families and communities, Community Unit School District 308 will educate all students to reach their highest potential.
    • All students are general education students first.
    • Special education is a service for students with an identified disability.
    • Special educators (including related service providers) utilize specialized instruction for the purpose of acquiring the necessary skills to master grade level standards.


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    Parents and guardians have the right to understand and participate in the proceedings at their child’s IEP meeting. The District will arrange for and cover the expense of a qualified interpreter for parents/guardians whose native language is not English or who require a sign language interpreter at the meeting. This service may be provided by a qualified District employee, or an outside vendor including a telephonic interpreter. Parents/guardians have the right to request that the interpreter provided by the school district serve no other role in the IEP meeting than as an interpreter. The District will make reasonable efforts to fulfill such requests. Questions or complaints about the District’s interpretive services should be directed to Dr. Denise Hildebrand/Executive Director of Special Education at dhildebrand@sd308.org.

    To request an interpreter, please contact your child’s special education program administrator and provide the following information:

    • Your Name
    • Your Child’s Name
    • If an interpreter will be required at all IEP meetings or at specific meetings
    • The language for which an interpreter is requested
    • If you request that the interpreter serve no other role at the IEP meeting than as an interpreter


    Los padres y tutores tienen derecho a comprender y participar en la reunión del IEP de su hijo. El distrito conseguirá y cubrirá los gastos de un intérprete cualificado para los padres/tutores cuya lengua materna no es el inglés o para los que requieran un intérprete de lenguaje de signos en la reunión. Este servicio puede ser proporcionado por un empleado cualificado del distrito o un proveedor externo, incluido un intérprete telefónico. Los padres/tutores tienen derecho a solicitar que el intérprete proporcionado por el distrito escolar no desempeñe otro papel en la reunión del IEP que no sea el de intérprete. El distrito hará esfuerzos razonables para tramitar tales solicitudes. Las preguntas o quejas sobre los servicios de interpretación del distrito deben dirigirse a Dr. Denise Hildebrand, Executive Director of Special Education en dhildebrand@sd308.org.

    Para solicitar un intérprete, comuníquese con el administrador del programa de educación especial de su estudiante y proporcione la siguiente información:

    • Su nombre
    • El nombre de su hijo
    • Si se requerirá un intérprete en todas las reuniones del IEP o en reuniones específicas
    • El idioma para el que se solicita un intérprete

  • Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

    Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) was passed by Congress to ensure all students with disabilities ages 3-21 would receive a free and appropriate public education to meet their individual and unique learning needs.

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    Legislation Update 

    At each annual IEP meeting, parents of students with IEPs whose children receive related services will receive a copy of the related service logs (minutes and type of service). Service logs are also available to parents at any time upon written request.

    The Special Education Referral Process

    If a parent has concerns about their child’s academic or social-emotional progress, as it relates to education, they should contact their child’s building administration. Please consult the following website for comprehensive information regarding the special education and response to intervention process:


    Procedures for Assuring the Implementation of Comprehensive Programming for Children with Disabilities

Special Education Team Members

Last Modified on August 11, 2021