It is the policy of the Cassville R-IV School District to provide students between the ages of 3 and 21 years, a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The term “students with disabilities” includes all students defined as “handicapped” and “severely handicapped” in accordance with 162.675(2)(3) RSMo and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Special education refers to a wide range of services individualized to meet the needs of a child with a disability at no cost to the parent so that students from 3 to 21 years of age have equal access to education. Such services can be provided in a variety of ways and settings, and can include academic instruction in areas like reading, writing, math, spelling, science, social studies, or study skills. They can also refer to speech/language, physical or occupational therapy. Special education is part of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) set out by the federal government to serve students who qualify in any of the 16 identified categories of disability. Special Education classes and services are offered for early childhood and school-aged students with the following educational disabilities:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment/Deafness
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Learning Disability
- Language Impairment
- Sound System Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Vision Impairment
- Young Child with a Developmental Delay
- Occupational Therapy
- Orientation and Mobility
- Physical Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
In order to properly evaluate and identify a student with a disability, a list of Standards and Indicators has been developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. While a medical diagnosis can aid the evaluation process (though it is not necessary), a student must demonstrate an educational impact as a result of a clinical diagnosis in order to qualify for special education. For more information regarding the Standards and Indicators, follow this link: DESE Standards and Indicators. The Cassville R-IV School District serves students with disabilities under Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Compliance Plan.
Oakview State School for Severely Handicapped children in Monett is available for students when appropriate.
The following information is Parent Information directly from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. If you have difficulty with these links please contact the Special Services office at 417-847-4008.
- Parents' Bill of Rights | Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Procedural Safeguards - English | Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Procedural Safeguards - Spanish
- Parent Rights Module 7-17
- Due Process/Child Complaint/Mediation/FIEP | Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education