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Special Education

The special education department at Ridgewood High School provides a rigorous and comprehensive program for all students with disabilities. The special education staff at RHS work tirelessly to ensure the academic and social success of all students at RHS. We also work to ensure that our students become adaptable life-long learners and responsible, ethical citizens, with the ability to make informed decisions in a changing global society. We do this by providing a curriculum that is rich with real-world application and practical learning.

In accordance with Public Act 101-0515, the District is providing notice to parents/guardians regarding their rights in relation to the provision of related services to students who are eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. School personnel who provide related services to students are required to maintain written logs that contain the service provided, the date, and the number of minutes administered. These related service logs must be provided to parents/guardians during the student’s annual review IEP meeting and also anytime upon request. These service logs are considered part of a student’s temporary school records. You may also request a copy of the logs at any time. Please direct your request to the special education case manager for your child or Leyden Area Special Education Cooperative


RTO Plan

As an organization, Ridgewood High School District 234 is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students while also effectively supporting students within our schools who may present an imminent danger of serious physical harm to the student or others.  To accomplish these goals, we are committed to:

  1. Using trauma-informed and equitable practices for all students,
  2. Embedding use of proactive SEL and behavioral supports for students across all environments to reduce the instances in which RTO is needed to ensure the safety of a student or others, and 
  3. Utilizing RTO practices as a last resort, only after less restrictive and instrusive measures have been tried and proven ineffective in stopping the imminent danger of physical harm.

The specific action steps outlined in the RTO Reduction Plan articulate the strategies we will use to accomplish these simultaneous goals.

Dr. Michael Maiorano

Special Education Division Head

ext. 1249

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