PUBLIC NOTICE FROM 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, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, 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 Diamond R-IV 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, mental retardation, 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 Diamond R-IV 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 Diamond R-IV 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 Diamond R-IV has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agencyâÂÂs policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agencyâÂÂs assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the Diamond R-IV Special Services office during the time of 8:00am -4:00pm.
Local school districts in the State of Missouriare required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth to age twenty-one (21) that reside in the district. This census must be compiled by December 1 of each year. This information is treated as confidential and must include: name of the child; parent/legal guardianâÂÂs name/address; birth date and age of the child; the childâÂÂs disability; and the services provided to the child. 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 Dr. Marcia Bary, Director of Special Services, 401 S. Main, Diamond, MO 64840, telephone number 417-325-7321.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.