Special Education DepartmentThe Special Education Department provides a full continuum of services and placement to meet the needs of students between the ages of 3 and 22 who are found to be eligible for special education due to a disability that adversely impacts their educational functioning. This includes Extended School Year Programming for maintenance of skills. Eligibility for Extended School Year is based on evidence of substantial regression and recoupment issues.Related Services can include but are not limited to speech and language, adapted PE, physical and occupational therapy, social work, psychological services, transportation, and behavior intervention plans. Hearing and Vision services are also available. More information on special education and related services can also be found on the Illinois State Board of Education's website.
Once students are found eligible for special education and Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is developed. The IEP details the student’s needs as well as what will be done to address those needs. Related services are designed to support students in benefitting from special education and include but are not limited to social work, psychological services, speech/language therapy, transportation, assistive technology, occupational and physical therapy, and adaptive physical education. It is important to note that related services are determined based on educational needs and differ in eligibility and services provided within a medical model.Special education instruction and related services are available for children with special needs from age three to age 21 (i.e.,through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday).Early Childhood (VVEC)The Early Childhood Program provides special education and at risk students with a high quality EC program that uses a research-based curriculum To qualify for early childhood, a student needs to have a 30% delay in 2 or more developmental areas; At Risk students are identified through screening and demonstrate at risk factors using weighted criteria. Visit the Early Childhood website at www.vvsd.org/vv.School-Aged (Kindergarten - High School)
A full continuum of services for students ages kindergarten through high school are available. Information regarding services available at each building can be obtained from the buildings’ principal or assistant principal.Transition (STEP) Program
The Secondary Transition Experience Program (STEP) provides intensive ongoing vocational and life skills support to students who are 18-22 years of age and have completed their graduation requirements. This structured program provides intense vocational, life skills, and community-based instruction in order to promote post-secondary independence and success. Students enrolled in this program have attended four years of high school and have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). To be a candidate for this program, the high school IEP team must recommend the student continue to receive special education services in order to promote the acquisition of skills that lead to adult independence. The program provides functional education and training in domestic, vocational, community, and social/leisure skills. Visit the STEP website at www.vvsd.org/step.
Individual Service PlansIf you are a parent or guardian of a homeschooled or parochial/private school student and would like more information on an evaluation for a disability and subsequent Individual Service Plans, please contact the Director of Special Education at 815-886-2700 ext 6070.Supported Education
The Supported Education program provides students with special education services and support while receiving rigorous general education curriculum. Specially-designed instruction is provided through a variety of service delivery models. One service delivery approach is services provided inside the general education setting. Collaborative Instruction classes have a general education teacher and special education teacher involved in the delivery of instruction.
Cross Categorical Program
The Cross Categorical program is a self-contained instructional program designed to provide intermediate to intense instructional support to students primarily in a small structured learning environment. While students receive instruction in a self-contained setting, students in this program have the opportunity to participate with their same age peers in the general education classroom based on their needs. The students in the Cross Categorical program spend greater than 60% of their day in a small structured learning community.
The Multi-Needs program is a self-contained instructional program designed to provide intense instructional support focused on functional academics and life skills to students with multi-needs in a small learning environment.
The Structured Teaching and Learning Room (STLR) program is a self-contained instructional program designed to provide intense instructional support focused on communication, social skills, and positive behavior to students with autism in a small, structured learning environment. The STLR program also provides intensive academic instruction utilizing an alternate or modified curriculum.
The CARES program is a self-contained special education program designed to provide intermediate to intense social/emotional as well as academic instructional support to students primarily in a small structured learning environment. While students receive instruction in a self-contained setting, students in this program have the opportunity to participate with their same age peers in the general education classroom based on their needs. Typically, students in the CARES program spend greater than 60% of their day in a small structured learning community; however, students increase in the amount of general education access as they demonstrate positive coping strategies within the CARES and general education classroom environments.Hearing Itinerant Program
The Hearing Itinerant Program provides direct and consultative services for students who require support due to a hearing loss impacting behavior and social skills.Vision Itinerant Program
Direct and/or vision consultation services are available to students who meet the criteria for a visual impairment.Procedural Safeguards