Below you will find important upcoming deadlines, dates and procedures for parents in the Darien School District. This information has been previously communicated by the District and on the Darienps.org website. We thought it would be helpful for parents to have this information in one central place so you do not miss anything that is relevant to you and your family.
Parent-only meeting TOMORROW NIGHT with Attorney Gamm
On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m in the BOE room at 35 Leroy Ave., parents of children with disabilities (special education and/or Section 504 plans) are invited to attend a parent-only meeting with Attorney Sue Gamm, the Board’s independent investigator, for the purpose of sharing any information relevant to the investigation into special education/Section 504 practices, policies and/or procedures. The meeting is open to parents of those exited or denied services during the SRBI and referral process. You are welcome to provide Attorney Gamm with any information that you have previously submitted to the state. If you cannot make the meeting, you may submit your summary to Attorney Gamm by email and attach any supporting documents. Her email is SueGamm@aol.com. Alternatively, you may mail your materials to the address in Chicago listed below in this email.
Deadline to Complete the Independent Investigator’s Survey regarding policies and practices in Special Education, 504 and SRBI is 10/8 at Midnight!
Parent Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dpsparentsurvey
Staff Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dpsstaffsurvey
For those who remain concerned about the confidentiality of their survey responses, please note that your survey (with no personally identifiable information) may be accessed on a laptop belonging to another individual, at a public library, etc. In addition, below are the surveys in a pdf format provided through links to my private dropbox. You may print out the appropriate survey and manually complete it; please then provide it to me through my email ( SueGamm@aol.com ) or by mail (1115 W. Altgeld, Chicago, IL 60614.)
All parents in the Darien Public Schools and Board of Education members are invited to attend special education training sessions hosted by Theresa DeFrancis on Tuesday, October 8th from 9 am – 11:30 am and on Thursday, October 10th from 7 pm – 9 pm in the Board of Education Meeting Room at 35 Leroy Avenue. Her presentation will parallel those sessions provided for school district administration and staff. Ms. DeFrancis’ efforts are designed to have all in the school community understand the federal and state procedures in special education.
Local Dispute Resolution Process:
Please see the following link for detailed information and the form to complete to initiate this process.
You can view the July and September reports from the State Department of Education by clicking SDE Report July 18 and SDE Report September 25. Please take time to read these reports. The second and most recent report contains important deadlines and procedures for parents including the opportunity to request a PPT facilitator for PPT meetings occurring between 10/21/13 and 3/21/14. In addition, the State has required that all families receive the most current copy of their IEP by October 9th. You may also find these reports on the Darienps.org website. The second report is on the homepage on the top entry titled “From the Superintendent”. The first report is listed under the announcement entry titled “From the Superintendent” on the third page of entries