ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATION
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND SECONDARY
Instruction of Special Needs Students -- Special Education
Pursuant to Board of Education Policy P6171.2, the St. Louis Public School District shall provide a continuum of special education services to students identified as disabled at no cost to the parents. Additionally, disabled students shall be educated along with children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent practicable. "Impediments to learning and to the normal functioning of such children in the regular school environment shall be overcome whenever practicable by the provision of special aids and services rather than separate schooling for the disabled." (Section 162.680.2, RSMo.)
This continuum shall include a complete range of options for disabled students and shall include prevocational and vocational education. The level and type of services selected shall be based on the student's individual education program (IEP).
Several service alternatives have been established by the district as approved programs for serving disabled students.
The continuum of service alternatives may be expanded or modified to more appropriately meet the needs of the district's disabled students, upon approval by the St. Louis Board of Education and the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, the district may be called upon to provide homebound services for students that do not meet the definition of disabled under the provisions of IDEA. Such instruction will be eligible for state reimbursement; however, the student may not be included in the IDEA-Part B count of students with disabilities. An IEP is not required for such students.
The St. Louis Public School district shall provide related services as specified by a student's individual education program (IEP). Related services, as defined by federal law, mean transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes speech-language pathology and audiology, assistive technology, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, counseling services, and medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. The term also includes school health services, social work services in schools, and parent counseling and training.
The executive director of special education shall have a primary responsibility for monitoring and ensuring that service is provided with the full cooperation of other administrative units and staff as designated by the superintendent or designee.
Legal: P.L. 94-142
Regulation approved: June 26, 1990
Revised: October 10, 1995
Revised: December 07, 1999