Services for Children with Disabilities

  • The Belton School District #124 assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified disabled person between the ages of 3 and 21, in the District’s jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s disability. For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disables persons as adequately as the needs of non-disabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations. Disabilities include: 

    Services --
    Ages 5-21
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Hearing Impairment and Deafness
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Visual Impairments/Blindness
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Autism
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Deaf/Blindness
    • Speech Impairment
    • Language Impairment
    • Young Child with a Developmental Delay
    Related Services --
    Ages 3-21
    • Counseling
    • Psycho-Educational Evaluations
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Adaptive PE
    • Speech Therapy
    • Language Therapy
    • Vision Therapy
    Early Childhood Services --
    Ages 3-4
    Early Childhood Special Education students must meet state criteria for eligibility. Students are eligible for services at age 3.
    Other Services
    Health screening of hearing, vision, dental, and scoliosis at designated levels.

    The Belton School District #124 Compliance Plan, Individuals with Disability Education Act, 2004, developed as required by federal law, is available for perusal by any patron of the Belton School District #124.

    The Compliance Plan may be reviewed at the Special Education office, 110 W. Walnut, any school day between 8am - 4pm. Each school building also has a copy of the Compliance Plan. Persons desiring additional information are invited to call Jessica Hoots, Director of Special Education, at 816-489-7007. 

Educational Surrogate

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires an educational surrogate be assigned when a student with an IEP does not have a parent or other adult (not employed by a public agency serving the child) to be an educational decision-maker and fill the role of Parent for special education processes. Students with IEPs need an educational surrogate when

    (1)   the student has no identified parent;

    (2)   the student has parents who, after reasonable efforts, cannot be located by a public agency;

    (3)   the student is a ward of the state and is living in a facility or group home (and not with a person acting as a parent); or,

    (4)   the student is an unaccompanied homeless youth.

    If you know of a student in need of an educational surrogate please contact the Special Education Office at 816-489-7007.

    If you are interested in becoming an educational surrogate, please contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guide for Educational Surrogate Training and online application. For the educational surrogacy process to run smoothly and to ensure we are meeting each child's educational needs, districts must continually recruit educational surrogates.

  • Tammy Prewitt

    Director, Special Education
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