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Blueprint 2030: Help KCPS Set Goals for the Future

We’re asking staff members, students, parents/guardians and others to join us in providing feedback by participating in our Thoughtexchange platform. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to offer their responses to questions about the future of our schools.

Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Special Education

Kansas City Public Schools ensures a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for students eligible for special education or Section 504.

Students must qualify in one of Missouri’s thirteen eligibility categories to be eligible for special education. Once eligible, an individual education plan (IEP) is developed by the IEP team. Students receive IEP services from highly qualified teachers and related services staff.

Students with documented medical concerns may be eligible under Section 504 for appropriate modifications and/or accommodations in the general education setting.

Parent who suspect their child may have a disability or may qualify for a Section 504 Plan should contact the special education department at 816-418-8941 or any KCPS staff member at their child’s school.

Vision

Kansas City Public Schools envisions its schools as places where every student will develop a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue higher education, obtain family-supporting employment, contribute to the civic well-being of the community, and have the opportunity for a rewarding and fulfilling life.

Child Find

It is the policy of the state of Missouri that all students with disabilities, residing in the state, and who need special education and/or related services are identified, located, and evaluated.

Special Education Services

A comprehensive range of services is offered by Kansas City Public School District that assist special education students in reaching their potential within the least restrictive environment.

Department of Special Education Offices

Reach Out

Department of Special Education
(816) 418-8941

Dr. Karla Arnold, Director of Special Education
Phone: (816) 418-5239
Email: karnold1@kcpublicschools.org

Board of Education