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Student Services

Homewood School District 153 provides special education services for students who are eligible to receive special education support. Students with disabilities are offered an appropriate education that is designed to meet their individual needs. Both resource and instructional programs are provided.

A continuum of services is available in order to address the needs of students with disabilities. These services include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work support, psychological services, speech/language therapy, and hearing itinerant support.

District 153 is a participating member of the SPEED Cooperative which services students with low-incidence disabilities.

Timely and Meaningful Consultation

Homewood School District 153 provides a yearly Timely and Meaningful Consultation (TMC) for our families that have homeschooled students or students that attend private school within our school boundaries. Our Consultation discusses the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and/or home schools within the district for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been, or may be, identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Homewood School District 153, you are urged to call to discuss.

If you have further questions please contact Melanie Mandisodza, Director of Student Support Services at 708-798-3766.

Use of Technology Platforms

Dear Homewood School District 153 Families:
The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) encourage the use of technology platforms to provide remote learning and educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISBE recommends synchronous instruction and services. To satisfy these recommendations, the District is using several tools, including the Zoom platform. The District will utilize Zoom in ways that best protect the safety and privacy of students, teachers, and administrators. The District will utilize meeting security controls and students will access remote services through the District’s Zoom account only, through meeting links distributed by teachers and other District educational service providers. Click here to access the Zoom student privacy policy.
We are aware of media reports of “Zoom bombing” issues and are taking appropriate precautions.
We need your assistance to ensure that Zoom is used appropriately by your student(s). Please see our letter below for guidelines to follow


The District will provide the parent or guardian of a student with an IEP, who is receiving related services pursuant to that IEP, with a copy of related service logs at the student’s annual review IEP meeting.  Additionally, a parent or guardian may request to view or receive a copy of his or her child’s related service logs at any time and the District will provide those logs within ten business days of the request.