Proportionate Share Services
In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), the Barrington 220 School District provides child-find evaluations and special education services to parentally-placed students attending local private/parochial schools or students who receive homeschooling. We are required to utilize a portion of its federal funds, referred to as Proportionate Share, to provide special education services to parochial and private schools within our attendance boundaries. Barrington 220, in agreement with participating private/parochial schools, has chosen to use these funds to provide speech and language services to qualifying students. We also provide child find (screening and evaluation) services, at no charge, to students.
Throughout the year, Barrington 220 receives requests to evaluate students who are home-schooled or attending private/parochial schools. We are legally obligated to consider each evaluation request and decide based on a review of existing data and information from parents and teachers. The Barrington 220 team will determine an appropriate evaluation and inform the referring party. If you feel your child should be evaluated for special education, contact your child’s teacher at their private/parochial school, or send a letter directly to the Department of Student Services & Support requesting an evaluation. Click here for more information.
Local public schools, including Barrington 220, do not provide the full range of special education services to students attending private/parochial schools or home schools as they do for students in public schools. The Assistant Superintendent of Student Services & Support meets with local participating private/parochial schools and home-schooling parents to discuss the types of services that will be provided by our Proportionate Share funding. Generally, most districts opt to provide speech-language services only. Students receive a specific amount of service, regardless of the severity of their disability. Should you wish to access a greater level of support for your child (as recommended by the educational team completing the evaluation), you may choose to enroll your child in the public school district of residence in order to receive the full range of services.
Timely and Meaningful Consultation
In compliance with IDEA, representatives from Barrington 220 meet with parents and staff from private and parochial schools on an annual basis to discuss how it will support students with special education needs in those schools or who are homeschooled. This meeting is typically held in May of each school year. Click here to view the 2023 Timely and Meaningful presentation.