• Special Education 
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles eligible students with disabilities to a free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs. To receive special education services, students must be determined to have one of the following exceptionalities as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education: Autism (includes, but is not limited to, any Autism Spectrum Disorder); Deaf-Blindness; Deafness; Emotional Disability; Hearing Impairment; Intellectual Disability; Multiple Disabilities; Orthopedic Impairment; Other Health Impairment; Specific Learning Disability; Speech or Language Impairment; Traumatic Brain Injury; Visual Impairment. 

    If eligibility for special education is determined, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed and reviewed annually. Eligibility for special education services is reevaluated every three years.

    Section 504 
    To qualify for accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a student must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, including but not limited to: learning, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, communicating, concentrating, reading, breathing, working, caring for one's self, thinking, performing manual tasks, lifting, and bending. Section 504 accommodations are provided to eligible students through a Section 504 Plan.  To learn more about Section 504, please visit: Civil Rights/Section 504.

    Preschool Screening/Early Childhood Services
    Early childhood services are provided for children ages 3 to 5 years of age. Screenings are conducted periodically, and findings from the screenings determine entrance into District preschool programs or the need for further evaluation.  Early childhood professionals and related services personnel provide specialized educational services to children with disabilities in a variety of settings such as early childhood, preschool and pre-kindergarten/Preschool for All classrooms to meet their developmental learning needs.  The District’s programs are for children who are academically or developmentally at-risk.  In order to be eligible for screening, children must live within Woodland District 50 attendance boundaries and be at least 3 years of age at the time of screening.  For children who are 5 years of age, their date of birth must be after September 1.  

    Please contact Andrea Rouse, Early Childhood Supervisor,  at arouse@dist50.net for additional information on programs. 

    For information on scheduling a screening, please contact Selene Gomez at 847-596-5633.  

    Child Find
    Child Find is an ongoing process that identifies, locates, and evaluates children who may be eligible for early intervention or may need special education services. This process takes place  from birth through age 21 (i.e., through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday). Woodland School District 50 is responsible for actively locating, identifying, and evaluating all children who live within the district boundaries who may qualify to receive special education and/or related services.