August 4, 2020

District 156 has made the difficult decision to begin the year with a Fully Digital / Remote Learning - Return to School Plan. Please know that throughout the digital learning / remote period, we will continue to evaluate ways to bring small groups of students back into the building for limited in-person instructional opportunities, prioritizing students with special needs, while following all state, ISBE, and public health requirements. A case manager or other district IEP team member will contact individual families regarding these possibilities when they become available. This is a difficult time for all of our students and families; please know that we are dedicated to providing meaningful digital services and learning experiences.

  • Students will receive specialized instruction and related services (i.e., social work, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.) remotely.
  • Accommodations and modifications identified in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will be provided.
  • Individualized E-Learning Plans will be reviewed and revised as needed.
  • All Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) timelines remain in effect. Parents will be contacted to schedule special education meetings remotely.
  • A schedule for additional virtual supports (i.e., reading and math interventions, self-advocacy and social groups, study sessions, etc.) is also available to students. Please contact your student's case manager for more information.

Please click the following links to review the Return to School Update message https://www.smore.com/yp5jx-mchenry-high-school-district-156 and digital plan School Community - MCHS Digital Learning Plan 2.0 - Fall 2020 .pdf.

Special Education Services

McHenry Community High School District 156 provides a full continuum of services for students who have been identified with having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These services range from support in the general education environment to specialized instructional courses, and/or related services. The goal of special education and related services is to support each child and address their individual needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, and related service staff on a yearly basis minimally. We are committed to providing a supportive environment in which our students with special needs can develop academic, social, emotional, vocational, and life skills.