The Special Programs Department is located at 1415 N. 26th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64506. Contact us by phone at 816-671-4004.
This office supervises the following areas: Early Childhood Programs, ELD Services, Homebound Instruction, Parents as Teachers, and Special Education Services.
Director of Special Programs
Assistant Director of Special Programs
Special Programs Administrative Assistant
ECSE Process Consultant
ECSE Process Consultant
ECSE Process Consultant
- Areas of Eligibility
- Common Acronyms for Special Education
- Compliance Plan
- Parent's Bill of Rights
- Procedural Safeguards
- Public Notice
- Services for Non-Public Students
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides standards to school districts in Missouri to follow regarding finding children eligible for special education services. There are 16 categories of eligibility under which a child with a disability may be identified and provided services.
1. Intellectual Disability
2. Emotional Disturbance
3. Orthopedic Impairment
4. Vision Impairment
5. Hearing Impairment/Deafness
6. Specific Learning Disability
7. Other Health Impairment (OHI)
9. Multiple Disabilities
11. Traumatic Brain Injury
12. Language Impairment
13. Sound System Disorder
16. Young Child with Developmental Delay
APE Adapted Physical Education
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
DESE Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education
DIBELS Dynamic Inventory of Basic Early Literacy Skills
DFS Department of Family Service
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education
ED Emotionally Disturbed
EOC End of Course exams (High School State Tests)
ELL English Language Learner
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GOAT Get our Act Together
HIPPA Health Information Privacy Protection Act
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individual Education Program
KTEA Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement
LEA Local Education Agency
LI Language Impairment
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MAP Missouri Assessment Program
MAPA Missouri Assessment Program Alternative
MD Multiple Disabilities
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NOA Notice of Action
NOM Notice of Meeting
OHI Other Health Impaired
OT Occupational Therapy
POHI Physically Orthopedic Handicapped Impairment
PST Problem Solving Team
PT Physical Therapy
RED Review of Existing Data
RIP Reading Improvement Plan
RTI Response to Invtervention
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SOP Summary of Performance (High School Seniors)
SPP State Performance Plan
SRI Scholastic Reading Inventory
SSD Sound System Disorder
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TEMA Test Early Math Ability
TERA Test Early Reading Ability
TEWL Test Early Writing Ability
TMC Troester Media Center
VI Visual Impairment
WIAT Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
WISC Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
YCDD Young Child with Developmental Delay
As a parent of a child with a disability, you have the right to:
1. Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings and represent your child's interests.
2. Have an advocate or expert present at individualized education program (IEP) meetings.
3. Receive a copy of your child's evaluation, disagree with it, and request one independent educational evaluation at public expense.
4. Provide a written report from outside sources as part of the evaluation process.
5. Examine all education records pertaining to your child and be provided with a copy of the individualized education program.
6. Disagree with the decision of the individualized education program (IEP) team and pursue complaint procedures, including: filing a child complaint with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, state paid mediation, have an impartial due process hearing, and appeal the due process decision to the court.
7. Participate in reviews of the individualized education programs (IEPs) and in any decision to change any aspects of the IEP, as well as receive a written notice of action before a change in your child’s educational placement or the provision of a free and appropriate public education.
8. Have your child placed in the least restrictive environment and in a general education classroom to the greatest extent appropriate.
9. Request an accommodation to provide effective communications if you have limited English language proficiency.
10. A free appropriate public education for your child with an individualized education program designed to meet your child's unique needs, which may include, but not be limited to, special education and related services, such as assistive technology devices and services; transportation; speech pathology services; audiology services; interpreting services; psychological services, including behavioral interventions; physical therapy; occupational therapy; recreation, including therapeutic recreation; counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling; orientation and mobility services; school health services; school nurse services; social work services; parent counseling and training; and, medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes.
This document does not confer any right or rights beyond those conferred by federal or state law and is intended for informational purposes only. For additional information, contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Special Education at (573) 751-0699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.
The St. Joseph School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.
The St. Joseph School District 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 Missouri First Steps Program.
The St. Joseph School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U. S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The St. Joseph School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the St. Joseph School District Offices, 1415 N 26th St., St. Joseph, Mo., Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.
The education team will determine the amount of the following direct service that is appropriate based on eligibility requirements and the student's educational need within the following guidelines.
- Specific Learning Disabilities 30 minutes per week, direct service by a certificated teacher
- Other Health Impaired 30 minutes per week, direct service by a certificated teacher
- Speech Impaired 60 minutes per week, direct service by a speech implementer
- Language Impaired 60 minutes per week, direct service by a speech implementer
- Visually Impaired 60 minutes per week, direct service by vision specialist
For additional information please contact Special Programs at 816-671-4004.