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Special Education

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 School District of Phelps County and Licking R-VIII assures that they 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 Phelps County and Licking School Districts assures that they 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 Phelps County and Licking School Districts 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 Phelps County School District and Licking School District have 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 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm at the following location: 17790 State Rt. M (Phelps County Schools) Edgar Springs, MO and at 125 College Avenue Licking, MO (for the Licking Schools).

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

The Phelps County School District and Licking School District will hold separate meetings to consult with Private, Parochial and Home School student representatives on October 24, 2017 from 3:30-5:30. This meeting is scheduled to conduct a census of students with disabilities, gain input about needed services, and develop a plan for services based on available funding. The meeting will be held in the 17790 State Rt. M (Phelps County Schools) Edgar Springs, MO and 125 College Avenue Licking, MO in the Elementary School (Licking School District).