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Special Education

The Special Education Department offers educational supports for our students with special needs. We have teams of Support Teachers, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Social Workers and School Counselors and Psychologists. Our main offices are located at the Educational Services Center at 527 South Franklin Street, Janesville. Please contact the following persons for more information and assistance:

Kim Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, and
Section 504 and Title II Coordinator at
(608) 743-5144

Carly Sihabouth
Secretary to Special Education at
(608) 743-5061

The following information are Federal and State postings about policy and law regarding students with disabilities:

Early Childhood and Speech and language Developmental Screening 2018-2019

When

Where

Wednesday, January 16th Jefferson, Lincoln
Wednesday, February 6th All EC Classrooms
Wednesday, March 20th All EC Classrooms
Wednesday, April 10th Kennedy, Van Buren
Wednesday, May 1st Adams, Roosevelt

For an appointment call Brenda Vogel @ 743-7545 
All EC classrooms include: Adams, Jackson, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Monroe, Roosevelt and Van Buren

Mandated Postings

The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.” The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Kim Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services for the School District of Janesville at 743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.

Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this Spring. Watch for dates at your local school.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides. A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Kim Peerenboom at the school district address above.”

 

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
GENERAL OVERVIEW

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Section 504 provides:
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance….”

Under 504, a person is considered to have a disability if that person:

  1. has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities,

  2. has a record of such an impairment, or

  3. is regarded as having such an impairment

OCR (Office of Civil Rights) states that the determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity must be made on the basis of an individual inquiry. Substantial Limitation means: 

(i) Unable to perform a major life activity that the average person in the general population can perform; or (ii) Significantly restricted as to the condition, manner or duration under which an individual can perform a particular major life activity as compared to the condition, manner, or duration under which the average person in the general population can perform that same major life activity.

The determination of substantial limitation must be made on a case-by-case basis with respect to each individual student. The Section 504 regulation requires that a group of knowledgeable persons draw upon information from a variety of sources in making that determination. Those sources could include but not be limited to aptitude and achievement tests, teacher recommendations, physical condition, social and cultural background, adaptive behavior, and medical diagnosis, among others. Information from all sources must be documented and considered by knowledgeable committee members. A medical diagnosis of an illness does not automatically qualify a student for services. The illness or condition must cause a substantial limitation on the student’s ability to learn or other major life activities. It would be accepted that without modifications and/or interventions, the student would not be afforded an equal opportunity to an appropriate education as determined by the committee.

The School District of Janesville Board of Education, in its goals to ensure every student is provided with coherent instruction and that families and community are engaged as partners and is committed to compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you would like more information about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act or wish to file a formal grievance, you may contact Kim Peerenboom, Section 504 and Title II Coordinator at 608-743-5144 or email kpeerenboom@janesville.k12.wi.us