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Macon-Piatt Special Education District
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Seeking Help for your child

How Parents / Gaurdians Can Seek Help for Their Child

If parents/guardians believe their child needs special education services, they should first contact their child's teacher. He or she may refer the child to the building level problem solving team. The team will suggest strategies for the teacher. In the event that the suggested and tried strategies are not enough for the student's needs, the team may refer the student for a special education evaluation.

Typically, a referral for a special education evaluation is made after the data collected by the provblem-solving team has determined, with input from the parents/guardians, that research-based strategies and interventions attempted over a period of time have not been successful.

However, on a few occasions the parent or someone other than school district personnel initiates a written request for special education evaluation. This request may or may not be initiated with input from the building staff.

When a written request for a special education evaluation is received from someone other than school district personnel, the principal should contact the special education administrator. The special education administrator will then provide direction on processing the request, deciding what action should be taken, and initiating the necessary procedures. The district has 14 days to act on a written request for evaluation.

If you have questions about special education programs, please contact us.

Kathy Horath; KRHorath@dps61.org, Director of Special Education

Sarah Evans; SCEvans@dps61.org, Assistant Director of Special Education

Macon-Piatt Special Education
335 E. Cerro Gordo Street
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 362-3055
Fax (217) 424-3022
Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
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335 E. Cerro Gordo Street
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 424-3030
Fax (217) 424-3022
Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Kathy Horath
Director

Sarah Evans
Assistant Director
Special Education Alternative Program
1900 E. Cleveland Ave.
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3310
Fax (217) 424-3092
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