Special Services Programs
The public school has developed a local compliance plan for implementation of special education, and this plan is available for public review during school hours on days that school is in session. You can find the plan in the office of the superintendent of schools. The local compliance plan is a written narrative that describes the district’s plan for compliance with requirements for identifying and serving all students 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 the requirement of 34 CFR 76. 301 of the General Education Provision Act.
Public schools in the state of Missouri must conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth through age twenty-one (21) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district. The government compiles this census by October 1 each year. This information is confidential and submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Information collected includes: name of each child, parent/legal guardian’s name/address; birth date and age of each child; and each child’s disability or suspected disability.
Should the district fail to submit an annual census, the state board of education may withhold state aid until the district submits the census.
Pursuant to the requirements of state law 162.997-999 RSMo, the state board of education must appoint a surrogate parent at such times as it becomes evident that a child with disabilities does not have a parent or person acting as a parent to participate in matters dealing with the provisions of special education. For purposes of surrogate parent appointment, “parent” is defined as a biological parent, guardian, or person acting as parent of a child. This includes, but is not limited to, a grandparent, step parent, or foster parent with whom the child lives. The term does not include the state if the child is a ward of the state. The term does not include a person whose parental rights have been terminated.
The state gives the local school district the responsibility to determine when a child with a disability who requires special education and who resides in the district is without a parent. The district must notify the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the need to appoint a surrogate parent. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the district will provide training for such persons serving as surrogate parents.
We can provide this notice in any language that may be necessary.
If you have a child or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school; or, if you are interested in learning more about volunteering to serve as a surrogate parent for a child with disabilities you may contact:
Mr. Lindell Conway
Richwoods R-VII School District
10788 State Highway A
Richwoods, MO 63071