Student Services Overview
District 31 provides a continuum of supportive services to students requiring additional assistance at school. Our programs consist of varying levels of academic and behavioral support for all students. Our programs support students whose educational performance is so discrepant from their peers due to academic or behavioral reasons that various levels of support and interventions are provided. Students are identified through a school-wide screening and individual record review. We also support students who qualify as an English Language Learner (ELL) student, and students identified as having a disability. Services for students are taught by any and/or all staff including academic support and special education teachers, reading specialists, a school psychologist, a social worker, a speech-language pathologist and English Language Learner (ELL) teachers.
Central to the operation of the Support Services program are the building teams. On a regular basis, the team members, classroom teachers, and principal meet to problem-solve concerns related to the performance of specific children referred to the team by the classroom teacher. The staff works together to identify the areas in need of assistance and to recommend to parents and teachers appropriate accommodations or interventions that would best suit the needs of these students.
Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, as provided to other children and youths. A homeless child may attend the District school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any District school’s attendance area may attend that school. For more information, contact Katie Marshall, District 31's Director of Student Services and Homeless Liaison, at 847-313-4411.
Student Services Supportive Services
Speech and Language
The speech and language pathologists identify children who are in need of help in improving their speech, language, and communication skills. Students having difficulty in oral language development, articulation and sound production, use of voice and fluency may receive services through this program.
Speech and language screenings are administered to grade two students without receiving prior written permission from the parent/guardian. Others may be screened for speech and language per parent or per teacher request with parent consent. If the results of any screenings indicate further evaluation is necessary, parents are notified.
The school social worker and psychologist identify and assist students in resolving social and emotional difficulties which interfere with their attendance, adjustment, and achievement in school. These staff also coordinate school-wide programs on special topics such as bullying and drug prevention. The emotional health and social development of all students is an integral part of student learning. Educational programming is aligned with the Illinois Social/Emotional Learning Standards and includes topics such as self-awareness, social awareness, interpersonal skills and responsible behaviors.
English Language Learner (ELL)
Language instruction in English is available to students who lack the necessary communication skills to be successful in school due to limited English proficiency. Students work on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while learning the English language. Bilingual services are offered for students who meet the criteria recommended by the district and state guidelines.
The school psychologist provides individual diagnostic evaluations of a student’s intellectual, academic, perceptual, and emotional functioning. The psychologist works in collaboration with the school’s team of teachers to recommend preventative, supportive, and/or therapeutic interventions.
Developmental screenings are available to children from birth to 4 years old. Screenings can help identify children who may have a developmental delay or disability. District 31 has combined its efforts with local School Districts 28 and 30 to offer six opportunities for formal developmental screenings over the course of the 2011-12 school year. The dates are listed on the District calendar. Appointment information will be publicized during the school year.
Literacy Support Program
Literacy coaches at Winkelman and Field Schools provide direct services to students for assessment, intervention and assistance to classroom teachers. Students are identified through a school-wide problem solving process and are monitored on a regular basis to determine how the student is responding to the intensive literacy interventions used.
Homebound/ Hospital Instruction
Students who miss school for ten consecutive school days may qualify to receive home and/or hospital instruction. Once eligibility is confirmed, the pupil is entitled to five hours per week of qualified instructional services. Parents should contact the principal to determine if their child is eligible for this service.