District 31 Student Life

  • Student Services Overview
    The District houses approximately 870 children who speak over 25 languages, and a talented, diverse staff to support our mission of inclusiveness. Class sizes range between 15 and 22. The school day, schedule, teaching practices and educational setting at both Winkelman and Field Schools are tailored to best provide a developmentally appropriate, yet rigorous learning environment. Our dedicated and professional teachers and support staff place a strong emphasis on meeting the unique needs of every learner. Programs are available to provide extra challenge and enrichment as well as additional support. Hands-on learning and stimulating educational experiences provide students with varied opportunities to interact with the material in meaningful ways. Technology is used as a tool to support instruction and further enhance the learning experience. iPads are provided to every student in grades K – 2nd and Chromebooks are provided to every student in grades 3rd through 8th. Social and emotional learning is also emphasized.

    District 31 provides a continuum of services to students requiring additional assistance at school (see below). Through screening or individualized assessment measures, students are identified. Services consist of varying levels of academic and behavioral supports and may include special education, reading intervention, math intervention, social work/counseling, and ELL.

    Central to the operation of the Support Services program is building teams. On a regular basis, specialists, teachers, and the principal meet to problem-solve concerns related to the performance of specific children referred to the team by the classroom teacher. The staff works together to identify the areas in need of assistance and to recommend to parents and teachers appropriate accommodations or interventions that would best suit the needs of these students.

    View a Welcome Letter from Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Janine Gruhn.

    504 Plans
    Students who qualify for a 504 Plan based on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disability Act are provided accommodations to ensure equal participation in the school setting. A student with a disability under this Act has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities such as self-care; performing mental or physical manual tasks, walking, seeing hearing, speaking breathing, learning and working. Accommodations may include: extra time, testing in a separate location, specialized equipment, and preferential seating.

    English Language Learner (ELL)
    Language instruction in English is available to students who need to strengthen the necessary communication skills for success in school due to limited English proficiency. Students work on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while learning the English language. Bilingual services are offered for students who meet the criteria recommended by the district and state guidelines.

    Homebound/ Hospital Instruction
    Home/hospital services are provided to a student when a licensed medical physician determines that the student, will or is anticipated, due to a medical condition, will be out of school for a minimum of two consecutive weeks of school (10 days) or more or on an ongoing intermittent basis. The goal of home/hospital instruction is to afford the student experiences equivalent to those afforded to other students at the same grade level and are designed to enable the student to return to the classroom/remain synchronized with the other students in his or her class. Appropriate educational services from qualified staff will begin no later than 5 school days after receiving a physician's written statement.

    Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student's individualized education program.

    A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses or other course of instruction when the student's physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction (1) before the birth of the child and (2) for up to 3 month after the child's birth or a miscarriage.

    As defined by the Illinois State Board of Education, homeless pupils include, but are not limited to, children or youth sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (commonly referred to as being "doubled up") and pupils who are otherwise not residing in a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. The district maintains specific registration procedures for homeless pupils. If you believe that you or your child may qualify under the registration procedures for homeless pupils and would like more information, please contact Dr. Janine Gruhn, District 31's Director of Student Services and Homeless Liaison, at 847-313-4412.

    Literacy coaches at Winkelman and Field Schools provide direct services to students for assessment, intervention, and assistance to classroom teachers. Students are identified through a school-wide problem-solving process and are monitored on a regular basis to determine how the student is responding to the intensive literacy interventions used.

    Social Work/Counseling Services
    As part District 31’s Vision, the district recognizes the need for high expectations for the social, emotional growth of all students. In collaboration with parents, teachers, and administrators, social work services are provided to assist students in solving problems that may be affecting their school performance.

    Response to Intervention (RTI)
    To best meet the needs of all students, a multi-tiered system of supports is in place that includes: classroom differentiation and additional instruction in reading, math, and behavior. A detailed explanation of the Response to Intervention Process (RTI) can be found on the District’s website.

    Special Education
    District 31 services children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 15 who have been evaluated and identified as requiring special education services based on State and Federal criteria. Students can receive services if found eligible under the category of autism; deaf-blindness; emotional disturbance; hearing impairment; intellectual disability; speech or language impairment; other health impairment, traumatic brain injury; or visual impairment (including blindness).

    Child Find
    The District will assist parents of children from birth to three years by connecting them with early intervention services if needed. The District also provides free developmental screenings four times a year to preschool aged students.