The Kansas City Public Schools offers a free and appropriate public education to all students who have been identified with a disability from age three through age twenty-one residing within Kansas City Public Schools boundaries. Students attending private/parochial schools within school district boundaries are also eligible to receive available services. Disabilities include: specific learning disabilities; intellectual disability; emotional disturbance; speech/language impairment; orthopedic impairment; visual impairment; hearing impairment; other health impairment; deaf/blind; multiple disabilities; autism; traumatic brain injury and young child with a developmental delay.
The Exceptional Education Department is responsible for the identification of, and implementation of services for students with disabilities. Services are administered through the development of Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans. Assessment services are conducted by District educational diagnosticians. Adaptive physical education and related services including speech, occupational and physical therapy services, audiology, deaf education and interpreter services are also provided to eligible students. Contact the Exceptional Education Department at 816-418-8941 for additional information.
To ensure that appropriate educational/behavioral services are provided to all students in need of alternative strategies including, but not limited to: Positive Behavior Support, Tiers of Interventions, Student Improvement Plans and counseling. To provide in-service training to district staff for School Wide Positive Behavior Support and assist with classroom management strategies. To be a liaison with all departments in the District to provide the necessary services to at-risk/exceptional education students. For additional information contact Darran Washington at 816-418-5217.
Gillis KCPS is an academic alternative for K-12 students living at the Gillis facility. Students are offered the opportunity to succeed in a highly structured classroom setting with a low teacher student ratio. For additional information contact Shelly Filka at 816-418-8635.
SEEM (Supports for Exceptional Education @ Manual) is dedicated to implementing research based instructional practices as outlined by What Works Clearinghouse. SEEM is a model program for the prevention of high school drop-out, improved attendance, and improved academic outcomes for scholars in Exceptional Education who require significant academic and behavioral supports. SEEM has also established strong partnerships and collaborations with key community partners within the Kansas City metro area that help scholars with disabilities achieve their college, career, and workforce goals. For additional information contact Dr. Amy Barth at 816-418-8941.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Assistive Technology services are available for students with identified needs. An assistive technology team is available to provide a variety of services including observations, consultations, assessments and/or evaluations, teacher supports in the development of implementation strategies and identification of devices. Areas of support include: communication; vision; hearing; learning; computer access; environmental; daily living; fine and gross motor. For additional information contact Cheryl Snorgrass at 816-418-5284.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Children with autism present unique and challenging needs that require specific focus in their educational programs. Autism is a pervasive developmental disability, and while there are common features of autism, there is also great variability in the disorder. There are different learning techniques and environments that will be more effective for certain children with autism than for others. Therefore, it is essential that school personnel and families work closely together to identify and develop quality programs to address the individual needs of each child. Currently, Kansas City Public Schools have programming for students with autism in three elementary schools and one secondary school. These classrooms utilize research based best practices for developing instruction and programming for students with autism. For additional information, contact Leigh Anne Guminger, Exceptional Education Coordinator/In District Autism Consultant at 816-418-5206.
The Early Childhood Special Education Program of the Kansas City Public Schools is designed to provide exceptional education services to those students ages 3-5, not kindergarten eligible, who have met eligibility criteria under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Missouri’s State Plan. The goal of the program is to provide specialized instruction and related services to address each child’s educational needs as identified on their Individualized Education Program. Educational readiness skills are targeted so that each child will have the opportunity to enter kindergarten with the possibility of participating within the general education setting to the fullest extent possible. For additional information contact Natalie Edwards at 816-418-5206.
The 504 Program is designed to provide services for students with identified physical or mental impairments that may impede them from participating in school initiated activities. A student does not need to be identified as special education to receive services under the 504 Program. For additional information contact Marshelle Long at 816-418-5238.
Homebound Services are provided on a referral basis for students with medical concerns, students on long-term suspensions and for students who are awaiting a change in placement. Documentation must be provided prior to the initiation of services. For additional information contact Marshelle Long at 816-418-5238.
The Legal Department facilitates compliance with IDEA and Section 504, two federal laws that have significant impact on children with educational disabilities. The department offers staff training, preparation, distribution of memorandums and updates on the current status of IDEA and 504. Support with addressing parental and/or guardian concerns or questions is also provided. For additional information contact Larry Altman, Attorney at 816-418-8663.
MEDICALLY / FRAGILE PROGRAM
The KCPS offers a program for students with significant medical concerns at Wheatley Elementary and East High School. A full time Registered Nurse provides needed medical services at each site. A continuum of services ranging from the co- teaching model to a functional / life skills curriculum is available for the students. Assistive technology, transportation, Adaptive PE, speech / language, occupational, and physical therapy services are available at each site. For additional information contact Jennifer Cramer at 816-418-3200.
PARENTALLY PLACED PRIVATE SCHOOL PROGRAM
Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is responsible for Child Find Activities which include locating, identifying, and evaluating all students with suspected disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private or religious schools within the boundaries of KCPS. This includes students who do not live in the district but whose parents have enrolled them in private schools in the district boundaries. The Parentally Placed Private School Program manages referrals for parentally placed private school students ages 5 to 21. For additional information, contact Leigh Anne Guminger or Lindsey Markley at 816-418-5206.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
The School Psychological Services department provides evaluation services to assist in the identification of students for exceptional education services. They also provide support services and assistance in the development of behavior intervention plans for students with identified needs. For additional information contact Dr. Michael Sherman at 816-418-5307.
SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT
The SLI Program serves students, kindergarten through grade 3 of average cognitive ability with severe to profound receptive and/or expressive communication deficits. For additional information contact Beverly Powell at 816-418-5284.
TRANSITION SERVICES - S.T.E.P.S. PROGRAM
Transition planning is designed to provide a student with an Individual Education Plan, (IEP) the opportunities to discuss and explore various aspects of adult life enabling them to define the kind of life they desire and, thereby, the opportunity to make wise educational decisions. Transition planning involves the entire IEP team and is an integral part in IEP development for high school students served in special education who will turn 16 during the current IEP year. Student's needs, preferences and interests are assessed to determine appropriate, measurable goals. These goals will address services needed during high school as well as those needed after graduation. For additional information contact Beverly Powell at 816-418-5284 or Marshelle Long at 816-418-5238.
The S.T.E.P.S. Program is designed to offer juniors and seniors students in the Kansas City Public School, Exceptional Education Department the opportunity to explore and develop Career and Educational goals, while receiving academics and on-the-job training. For additional information contact Marshelle Long at
Manual Career and Technical Center
1215 East Truman Road, Room 349
Kansas City, MO 64106
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Office of Student Support and Community Services 816-418-7505
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): 573-751-5739 - www.dese.mo.govKansas City Regional Office: 816-889-3400
SEAS Access- www.seasweb.net/mokansascity