Public Notice

All public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all students with disabilities, including those attending private/parochial schools, beginning on the childís third birthday through age twenty(20), regardless of the childís disability.The public school assures that to comply with the full educational opportunity goal, services for students three (3) through twenty-one (21) will be fully implemented by 1999,Disabilities include:learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior disorders/emotional disturbance, speech disorders (voice, fluency, or articulation), language disorders, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically/other health impaired, multiple disabilities, deaf/blind, autism, early childhood special education, and traumatic brain injury.

The public school assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the state in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouriís First Steps Program.

All public schools are required to provide parents the right to inspect and review personally identifiable information collected and used or maintained by the district relating to their children.Parents have the right to request amendment of these records if they feel the information is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of their children.Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the State Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).You may contact your local district, if you wish to review the requirements provided in FERPA.

The district has developed a local compliance plan for implementation of special education and this plan is available for public review during regular school hours on days school is in session in the office of the superintendent of schools.The local compliance plan is a written narrative which describes the districtís plan for compliance with the requirements for identifying and serving all students with disabilities.Included in this plan are the policies and procedures which the district must follow regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention, and destruction of personally identifiable information.The plan also describes the assurances that services are provided in compliance with requirement of 34 CFR 76.301 of the General Education Provision Act.

Public schools in the state of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities from birth through age twenty (20) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district.This census is compiled as of May 1 each year.This information is treated as confidential and submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.Information to be collected includes:name of each child, parent/legal guardianís name/address; birth and age of each child; and each childís disability or suspected disability.Should the district fail to submit annual census, the State Board of Education may withhold state aid until the census is submitted.If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact your school district.

This notice can be provided in languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese or other language as may be necessary.