To know more about each kind of support, and your rights as a parent of a diverse learner, please see the Parent Guide to Educational Rights and Responsibilities published by the Illinois State Board of Education:
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Any student at Bell who has been identified by his/her teacher as having an academic or social-emotional need can be referred for assistance through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). This can range from support in a core subject area, executive functioning skills, speech-language, self management or social interaction. Please contact myself or Patricia Clancy (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding the MTSS process at Bell.
Students who have a medical condition may qualify for accommodations under a 504 plan (Americans with Disabilities Act). This can range from students needing medical accommodations for a food allergy, academic accommodations for an attention deficit, or counseling services for a mental health disorder. Please contact me if you feel your student might qualify for a 504 plan.
Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
IEP services are for students that have been evaluated and qualify for services under one of thirteen disability categories. Each plan includes accommodations/modifications to be carried out within the general education setting and a targeted goal(s) addressing the identified areas of deficit. Services can be delivered within the general education setting or in a separate setting depending on the learner's need.
Students can be referred for an evaluation to determine if an IEP is needed by the school staff or by the learner's parent. Please contact me for more information regarding this process.