Fremont School District 79 provides comprehensive special education services for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 15, who are residents of the school district, attend a private school within district boundaries, or are homeschooled. To qualify for special education services a student must be identified as having a disability as defined in the IDEA, which adversely impacts their educational functioning.
After a student is identified with a disability, which adversely impacts their educational functioning, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed to meet the student’s educational needs in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The IEP describes the student’s current levels of educational performance, his educational needs with goals, accommodations, modifications and supports needed to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Special education and related services can begin once a parent signs consent for the IEP and initial educational placement. Most students receive special education services either within the general education classroom, or individually, or in a small group setting. A small percentage of students have educational needs that are best met in a special education classroom with mainstreaming in general education programs, at a private day school, or homebound tutoring.
Special education and related services are provided for students in each of the schools and in the Early Childhood Program by special education teachers, psychologists, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, and paraprofessionals. Fremont School District 79 is a member of the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL), a special education cooperative that provides support and professional development for staff. It also provides services and programs as needed for low incidence and other programs. Fremont School District 79 contracts hearing, vision, and autism itinerant services from SEDOL and also utilize their day schools for special needs programs.
A Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is planned for students who exhibit behavioral difficulties that impede their learning or that of others. Behavioral data collection, observations, and assessments are used by the IEP team to develop individualized FBAs and BIPs for students. Behavior Intervention Plans contain positive behavioral supports and interventions used to work with students to teach positive replacement behaviors, coping strategies and emotional regulation.