Special Education/Section 504 Services
District 90 offers a continuum of services for any River Forest student who may qualify for services under Section 504 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under either provision, District 90 supports the intent of the federal and state mandates to meet student needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for those who meet eligibility requirements. We also provide an Inclusive Preschool Program for children, beginning at age 3. If your child attends a school in District 90, please contact one of the staff members listed below.
Special Services Staff
- Denise Matthews, Director of Special Education
- Kacie Bair, School Psychologist/Team Leader - Willard School
- Tiffanie Torrisi, Special Education Team Facilitator - Private and Parochial Schools
- Yolanda (Jolie) Feliciano, Special Education/Accounts Payable Clerk
- Courtney Orcholski, School Psychologist/Team Leader - Roosevelt Middle School (Grades 6, 7, and 8)
- Kara Orlando, School Psychologist/Team Leader - Lincoln School and Roosevelt Middle School (Grade 5 only)
The process to apply for the 2020-21 Inclusion Preschool is closed. Families that have already applied for placement in the 2020-21 Inclusion Preschool will be notified about the acceptance decision on or about March 21, 2020. Please see the materials below for additional information about the District 90 Inclusion Preschool.
Click the links below to download PDFs.
- Authorization for the Exchange of Confidential Information
- Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents/Guardians of Students with Disabilities - Updated November 2018
- Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents/Guardians of Students with Disabilities - Spanish
- Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Prescription Form
- Special Education Parent Mentor Agreement
- Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Brochure
Special Education Advisory Committee
The Special Education Advisory Committee was created to foster communication, discussion, and collaboration related to topics that impact special education programs and initiatives. Our Committee welcomes new parents/guardians.
Contact Denise Matthews, Director of Special Education, at [email protected] if you are interested in becoming a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee.
- Inclusion Advocacy
- Test Preparation Suggestions
- Illinois State Board of Education Special Education Parent Training and Information Centers
- Community Support Services:Provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and for their families, including respite care.
- IllinoisParents.org: A clearinghouse of resources for families and schools, aimed at strengthening school communities
- Illinois State Board of Education: Provides legal information and resources.
- Oak Park and River Forest High School: To go directly to the OPRF High School special education page, please click here.
- Understanding PUNS: Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services
- Suburban Access: Offers case management and service coordination to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the south and west suburbs of Cook County.
- State of Illinois Developmental Disabilities and PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) resources. The PUNS information can be found in FAQs.
- West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA): Provides year-round recreation programs for children and adults who have a physical impairment, a mental disability, or any other type of disability.
- National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum: Provides information and resources to support children with developmental differences.
An "ongoing intermittent basis" means the student's medical condition is of such nature or severity that it is anticipated that the student will be absent from school due to the medical condition at least two consecutive days multiple times during the school year, totaling at least 10 days of absences.
Student's name and date of birth
Physician's name and contact information
Be completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches
Specify the student's current medical condition
Describe the impact of the student's medical condition on his/her ability to participate in education (including the physical and mental level of tolerance for school)
State anticipated duration or nature of the student's absence from school
State whether there is any reason the student cannot receive five or more hours of home instruction per week, and if so, why
Physician's signature and date
Private, Parochial, & Home-Schooled Students
- District School Year Calendar
- Dashboard Metrics for School Decision Making
- 2021 Summer Learning Resources/Summer School Information
- Community Bulletin Board
- Board of Education
- Grades PreK-4 Conference Sign Up
- Grades 5-8 Conference Sign Up
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- 2021-22 New Student Registration
- 2020-21 School Year Calendar
- 2021-22 School Year Calendar
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