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.
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.
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.
Department of Special Education
Dr. Karla Arnold, Director of Special Education
Phone: (816) 418-5239