Special Education

A Parents GuideProcedural SafeguardsTransition Guide

Behavior Interventions Policy

RTI Document

RTI FAQ

Eligibility Criteria

Life Skills Transition Program

The Special Education office and its staff are here to support all students at Pekin Community High School academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. The Special Education Department is housed within Student Support Services and home/hospital instruction is also coordinated through this office.

 


 

  • Special Education Law
    • Educational Rights (Separate PDF Attached)
    • Procedural Safeguards (Separate PDF Attached)
    • Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities PCHS School Board Policy (Attached PDF)
    • Eligibility Categories and Criteria (Separate PDF Attached)
    • RTI and Specific Learning Disability (Two attached PDFs)
  • Parent Resources
  • Hot Topics
  • Transition
  • Life Skills Program at PCHS
    • PCHS has 3 different life skills classes. One class is specifically for students 18 years and older focuses on transitioning out of high school.
    • Transition Program Description (attached word document)
  • Workshop at PCHS
    • Purpose
      • The PCHS workshop is operated by the students in the life skills program as a part of the vocational program to prepare students for future employment.
    • Personalized Products
      • sweatshirts
      • t-shirts
      • mouse pads
      • name plates
      • photo mugs
      • ornaments
      • napkins
      • pet name tags
      • wall clocks
      • buttons
      • luggage tags
      • tote bags
    • Services
      • School-wide mailings
      • Binding
      • Laminating
      • Wash towels
    • Student Needs
      • The workshop maintains food and clothing donations for students and families in need.

Home/Hospital Instruction

Section 14-13.01(a) of the School Code indicates that a homebound or hospitalized student is unable to attend school due to a condition certified by a medical physician’s statement that indicates that the student will or is anticipated, due to the student’s medical condition, to be out of school for a minimum of two consecutive weeks of school (10 days) or more or on an “ongoing intermittent basis.”  An “ongoing intermittent basis” means that the student’s medical condition is of such a nature or severity that is anticipated that the student will be absent from school due to the medical condition for periods of at least 2 days at a time multiple times during the school year totaling at least 10 days or more of absences.

The goal of home/hospital instruction is to afford the student experiences equivalent to those afforded to other students at the same grade level and are designed to enable the student to return to the classroom.

District Policy/Procedures- Revision: Suspension/Expulsion

PCHS is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of students. One area of focus has been the reduction of student suspension and/or expulsion. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year, a team of stakeholders developed a strategic plan to decrease the percentage of suspension/expulsions. In a collaborative effort of the PCHS school community, the district has proven a 36% decrease in suspension/expulsion rates from the 2011-12 school year.

The Student Achievement Committee (SAC), which is open to community members, has reviewed and/or revised the discipline policies, practices and procedures. The following information summarizes the revisions that have been made to the districts policies, practices, and/or procedures.

  • Community Forum: The title of the forum -Substance Abuse: Myth vs. Truth, keynote speaker former state and federal prosecutor Monte Stiles. (April 30, 2013)
  • A new Student Support Service website that includes parent/guardian and student resource links on “hot topics”. Hot Topics cover a variety of student needs, with drug prevention being one of the areas addressed.
  • Weekly meetings with support staff (Dean, Counselor, School Psych/Social Worker) are in place to support district-wide and individual student needs/concerns.
  • Discipline Committee was formed and meets quarterly to review data trends and discuss areas of need regarding district-wide discipline.
  • Annual notification is provided to parents of students with IEP’s outlining Procedural Safeguards and Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities (School Board Policy 7:230 and 6.120).
  • Annual class presentations are provided for all students to address drug awareness, school expectations, and consequences.
  • Following a student suspension/expulsion, a dean or designated staff member meets with the student to discuss the infraction and process a plan for the student.
  • If the infraction that led to the suspension/expulsion was drug related, the student is asked to complete a brief survey and debriefing conference. The purpose of these activities is to gain valuable information that may assist the district in formulating preventative measures and supports to students and families.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Walraven, Director of Special Education  at (309) 477-4300.