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Director of Special Education's Message

Dr. Vedia Y. Smith-Page

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome!  The district theme this school year is "Moving Students Forward”! We will work to move our students forward academicall and social emotionally. We understand that social emotional development is critical in maximizing educational efforts. As we prepare for our students and staff to return to in-person instruction, we have taken precautionary measures to create a safe learning environment.

We are committed to providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment with comprehensive services to children with disabilities. Students are supported through a variety of services.

Child Find/Eligibility

Students are identified for special education through a child find process as required by federal and state guidelines. For preschool age children, developmental screening and services are available through the Preschool Program. For students who are currently attending one of our elementary or middle schools, the district uses a problem solving process to provide interventions to supplement research based core instruction for academic or behavioral concerns.


English Language Learners

We provide language support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELL).  These services include instruction and support in building competency in the understanding of reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language.  


For further information or questions, please feel free to contact me at (708) 926-1068.

Yours in service,

Dr. Vedia Y. Smith Page,

Director of Special Education


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