How does a student qualify for special education services?
To qualify as a student with an educational disability, students must have been evaluated and determined by a team, including the parents, to meet the Missouri criteria for one of thirteen educational disabilities. There are multiple steps that take place prior to conducting an educational evaluation such as identifying educational concerns and working to provide interventions and strategies to address the noted concerns. When interventions are not sufficient to diminish the educational concerns, additional action will be taken beginning with your child's building team.
Special School District Resources: Read more about these steps
What is an evaluation for special education?
The intent of an educational evaluation is to gather information about a person's performance and/or suspected disabilities. This evaluation is completed utilizing assessment tools and the results will be utilized in order to identify whether a student is in need of special education services and to determine the strengths and needs of the child. Special School District Resources: Read more about evaluations through Special School District.
What is an IEP?
An IEP, an abbreviation for Individualized Education Program, is an official document that outlines the special education services that will be provided to a student. These services are determined by the IEP Team during a meeting that occurs at least once annually, and more often as required to support the individual student. Special School District Resources: Learn more about IEPs.
When can I expected to have an IEP meeting? What can I expected to take place during an IEP meeting?
Special School District offers great parent resources to outline the timelines for an IEP and the outline of an IEP meeting, and much more. Look for individual links on the left side of the website. There are four categories to help guide you: About the IEP, Before the IEP, At the IEP, After the IEP
How can my child and I proactively plan for his/her future?
Rockwood and Special School District want to work with students and families to support a smooth post-secondary transition. Students needs vary based on multiple factors. Special School District has supportive resources to provide information and guidance for these next steps. Learn more.
How can my child access homebound instruction during his/her recovery from an illness or injury?
Rockwood and Special School District work together to support students and families continue to access aspects of the student's curriculum, even during extended absences lasting for 10 or more days. Students needs vary. Our goal is to help families explore appropriate options for assistances during an illness/injury. Please contact your child's school counselor to ask questions and initiate the homebound application process, when appropriate.
How does a student qualify for a Section 504 disability?
To qualify as a student with a Section 504 disability, students must have been evaluated and determined by a team, including the parents, to have a mental or physical impairment that substantially impacts a major life activity. There are multiple steps that can take place prior to conducting a 504 evaluation such as identifying potential concerns and working to provide interventions and strategies to address the noted concerns, unless there is a clear reason to suspect a disability under Section 504 or IDEA. Learn more