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ISBE Guidance Documents

ISBE Guidance Documents:
Appropriate Procedures for Determining Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment
PDF File
The information contained herein is intended to reinforce the requirements of IDEA, discuss their implications at the local level, and offer technical assistance and training resources that educators and parents may access to enhance their capacity to collaboratively fulfill those requirements.

Chronic Infectious Diseases in Schoolchildren
PDF File
The Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois General Assembly place a high priority on the need to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in schools.

Exception to the 1.0 Percent Cap on Progressing
and Attaining Scores

Exception Guidance PDF File
Exception Form 37-58 PDF File  (updated 2/08)
Exception Instructions PDF File

Extended School Year Services - July 26, 2005PDF File
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide a reminder regarding the legal requirements related to the provision of extended school year (ESY) services for students with disabilities.

LRE code Determination "By the Book"
PDF File
From the Special Education Director's Conference August 2004

Medical, Religious Immunization Exemptions
PDF File
The State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health have developed guidelines to help school administrators determine whether a medical or religious immunization exemption should be allowed and when a medical objection should be referred to IDPH.

Medication Administration in Schools PDF File
The purpose of administering medication in school is to help each student maintain an optimal state of health to enhance his or her education.

Occupational and Physical Therapy Services - Recommended Practices PDF File
The purpose of this document is to present administrators, occupational and/or physical therapy personnel, educators, other professionals, and parents, with information regarding the provision of occupational and/or physical therapy in educational environments.

Regulations Regarding Psychological Counseling and Mental Health Services PDF File
This purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to school districts to ensure that children with behavioral or emotional disabilities (ED) are receiving all of the related services that they need, including psychological counseling services, as part of a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. 

Reimbursement to School Districts for Co-teaching Personnel
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification regarding reimbursement to school districts for special education certified and non-certified personnel involved in the instruction of both general education and special education students.

School District Policies on Social and Emotional Development PDF File
Mental health is as important to children's overall health, well-being and academic success as physical health, yet little attention is usually placed on this issue until problems become severe.

School District Guidance for Conducting Timely and Meaningful Consultation with Private Schools

Students with Disabilities in Regional Safe Schools Programs
This memorandum is sent to clarify the responsibilities of school districts and special education cooperatives in providing services to students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) enrolled in the Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP) and in meeting relevant reporting requirements.

Time Out and Physical Restraint Rules PDF File
Public Act 91-600 amended the School Code of Illinois to specifically address the issues of isolated time out and physical restraint in public schools.

Title I Requirements Relating to the Qualifications of Paraprofessionals
This memorandum is intended to clarify the application of the requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) to paraprofessionals.



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ISBE Guidance Documents
ISBE Forms
ISBE Resources
Special Education Finance
U.S. Department of Education Documents
Upcoming Conferences


Click the links below to visit a program web page:

Braun Educational Center
Communication Development
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Project Challenge
Transitional Employment Program
Vision and O&M Services


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6020 W. 151st Street  | Oak Forest, IL 60452
(Telephone) 708-687-0900 | (TTY) 708-687-2151
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