Special Education Screening Appointments
To be eligible for a free District 34 Special Education screening:
1. Child must be at least 2 years 10 months old on or before the date of the screening. (A certified birth certificate is required to participate in the screening.)
2. Child/family must be District 34 residents. (Proof of residency is required to participate in the screening.)
We will not start the screening process unless the birth certificate and proof of residency is available at the screening appointment. This is a District 34 policy.
Special Education Screening Procedures:
Screening appointments take place at The Mary Kay McNeill Early Learning Center. The Early Learning Center is located at 817 N Main Street in downtown Antioch. You can park in the large parking lot. Please enter through the main entrance doors, located at the southwest corner of the building. From the large parking lot, you will walk on the sidewalk between the school and the Antioch Museum to get to the main office doors. There will be a buzzer at the door for you to push to have the door unlocked. The district has determined, for student safety, everyone entering the building needs to enter through the office. All adults will need a picture ID. Your appointment will last about an hour. After your appointment, you can sign out with staff in the screening portable and exit right from there to the parking lot.
The screening will consist of a developmental assessment for the child. The assessment we use is the DIAL-4. We will be looking at the following areas of development: concept/cognitive, motor, speech/language, self-help, and social-emotional. There may be additional assessments completed at the screening. Families will receive a follow up report and ECAT team recommendations following the screening.
Please note that the waiting area on the day of the screening will not be supervised by staff--if you have other young children at the screening appointment, they will need to stay with you. Please also note that we do not have bathrooms in our screening portable. The only bathrooms are located in the school building. You may want to have your child use the bathroom before their appointment.
Special Education Evaluations:
A special education evaluation is completed if the special education screening indicated a concern in one or more areas of development. The purpose of a special education evaluation is to determine a child's eligibility to receive services (speech/language, academic support, motor, etc.) within the school setting. If a student is found eligible, the ECAT team and family will develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines service minutes, goals, accommodations/supports, and placement options. Placement options might include:
- No Placement (there are no special education concerns)
- Itinerant Services (there are special education concerns only in the area of speech/language)
- Early Childhood or Structured Learning Program Special Education Classrooms (there are special education concerns in multiple areas)
- Other (there are individualized options based on need)
If found eligible for special education services, students may start services/placement on their 3rd birthday.
Signing Up for a Special Education Screening Appointment
If you are interested in a special education screening, please contact Heather Potocek to schedule an appointment. You can call 847-838-8261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are responsible for bringing the following:
1. Child’s certified birth certificate
2. 3 forms of proof of residency (refer to Accepted Documents for Proof of Residency)
3. Additional forms may be necessary depending on your families circumstances
If you and your child are in a temporary living situation, please contact Heather Potocek.
Please contact Heather Potocek with any questions regarding the screening process and/or the special education pre-kindergarten program and services, email@example.com or 847-838-8261