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CUSD #2 Special Education Services
Special education programs and services are available within our district as well as districts within our special education joint agreement or through affiliates of our joint agreement. The services are available for all types of handicaps. Referrals of students for special education programs and services may be made by parents, and the necessary referral forms are available from the building principals. Parents may also request a copy of The Educational Rights of Handicapped Children—A Parent’s Guide from the superintendent’s office.
Students who will need home or hospital instruction during the course of the year should be referred to the principal. Parents making such a referral will be required to include a report from a licensed medical physician who will give an estimate of the duration of the temporary physical or health impairment that is causing the need for home or hospital instruction. It will then be the responsibility of the principal to determine the need for such instruction based on the estimated length of absence from school and the student’s projected academic loss.

Medicaid Data Release-Special Education Students Only

     If your child receives special education services and is also Medicaid eligible, the school district can seek partial reimbursement for Medicaid for health services documented in your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Medicaid reimbursement is a source of federal funds approved by Congress to help school districts maintain and improve diagnostic and therapeutic services for students including your son or daughter.

     The reimbursement process requires the school district to provide Medicaid with your child’s name, birthdate and Medicaid number.  Federal law requires annual notification of our intent to pursue this reimbursement opportunity. 

     If you approve of the release of information to Medicaid, do nothing. If you object to the release of information to Medicaid, now or at any time in the future, please state your objection in writing and forward it to:

Daniel Joyce, Superintendent

Community Unit School District No. 2

2283 N. 3812th Road, P.O. Box 107

Serena, Illinois  60549

     Regardless of your decision the district must continue to provide, at no cost to you, the services listed in your child’s IEP. This program has no impact on current or future Medicaid benefits for you, your child or your family.  Under federal law, your decision to participate in this program CANNOT:

  1. Decrease lifetime coverage or any other public insurance benefit,
  2. Result in the family paying for services that would otherwise be covered by Medicaid,
  3. Increase your premiums or lead to discontinuation of benefits or insurance, or
  4. Result in the loss of eligibility for home and community-based waivers.

     Your continued consent allows the district to recover a portion of the costs associated with providing health services to your child.

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities on an equal basis to those without disabilities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. Where necessary, the district may provide to persons with disabilities separate or different aids, benefits, or services from, but as effective as, those provided to others unless taking such steps would fundamentally alter the nature of the function, program, or meeting or would be an undue burden.

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