Special Education
Public Notice

Public Notice - Child Find

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.

Altenburg District 48 School District 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.

Altenburg District 48 School District 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.

Altenburg District 48 School District 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).

Altenburg District 48 School District has 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 at Altenburg District 48, 8432 Main Street, Altenburg, Missouri on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

Notice of Parent and Student Rights Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

ALTENBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT #48
NOTICE OF PARENT AND STUDENT RIGHTS
UNDER SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

The main purpose of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is to prevent
discrimination on the basis of disability. To that end, Section 504 of the Act provides, in
pertinent part, as follows:

"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall,
solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be
denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or
activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

An eligible student under Section 504 is a student who currently has a physical or
mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with 504
disabilities and/or their parents or legal guardians and to those students who are
suspected of having a 504 disability and/or their parents or legal guardians. Parents of
students who are suspected of or identified with a disability under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act are provided with copies of the IDEA procedural safeguards.

PARENT AND STUDENT RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 504:


1. Parents and students have the right to be informed by the School District of their
rights under Section 504. The purpose of these Procedural Safeguards it to advise you
of those rights.

2. A child with a disability has the right to a free appropriate public education
designed to meet his or her individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of
nondisabled peers are met. This includes the right to be educated with nondisabled
students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the
school district make reasonable accommodations to allow the student an equal
opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.

3. A child with a disability has the right to free educational services except for those
fees that are imposed on nondisabled students or their parents. It should be noted that,
under the law, insurers and other third parties are not relieved from an otherwise valid
obligation to provide or pay for services for a disabled student.

4. A child with a disability has the right to take part in, and receive benefits from,
public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disability.

5. The parent(s) of a child with a disability have the right to receive notice with
respect to the identification, evaluation, or placement of the child.

6. A student with a disability has the right to receive services and be educated in
facilities that are comparable to those provided to nondisabled students.

7. A student with a disability has the right to have evaluation, education and
placement decisions made based on a variety of information sources, and by persons
who know the student and are knowledgeable about the evaluation data and placement
options. The student also has the right to be periodically reevaluated.

8. A student with a disability has an equal opportunity to participate in nonacademic
and extracurricular activities offered by the District.

9. A student with a disability has the right to have transportation provided to and
from an alternative placement setting (if the setting is in a program not operated by the
District) at no greater cost to the parent than would be incurred if the student were
placed in a program operated by the District.

10. The parent of a student with a disability or an eligible student (over 18) has the
right to examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding the student’s
identification, evaluation and placement.

11. The parents of a student with a disability or an eligible student have the right to
request an impartial due process hearing relating to decisions or actions relating to the
student’s identification, evaluation, program or placement. The procedures for
requesting an impartial due process hearing are described below.

12. The parents of a student with a disability or an eligible student have the right to
file a local grievance with the District for issues unrelated to the identification,
evaluation, program or placement of the student. Board policy describes the
procedures for filing a grievance and can be requested by contacting: Superintendent of
Schools,

Altenburg School District
8432 Main Street
Altenburg, MO 63732

Persons who believe that the District is discriminating against eligible persons on the
basis of disability may also file complaints with the District’s Section 504 Coordinator
and/or the Office of Civil Rights, Kansas City Office, U.S. department of Education,
10220 North Executive Hills Blvd., 8 th Floor 07-6010, Kansas City, MO 64153-1367.

The District’s Section 504 Coordinator is Billie Keister and may be reached at (573)824-
5857.