Mrs. Juliet McClard
Director of
Special Education

Special Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Welcome to the Special Education Department! For more information, as well as a calendar of events and other features, please visit our website:

Special Education Website

Public Notice:

All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The St. Charles School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.

The St. Charles School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.

The St. Charles School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The St. Charles School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency's policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency's assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the District's Administration Center, 400 North Sixth Street. St Charles, MO 63301 Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.


Section 504:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute, which prohibits exclusion from programs or activities because of one's disability. A person is disabled under Section 504 if he or she has:
1. A mental or physical impairment, which substantially limits one or more of major life activities.
2. A record of such impairments; or
3. Is regarded as having such impairment.

Major life activities include functions such as caring for one's self, performing daily tasks such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

The St. Charles School District complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by providing services to students requiring assistance and who qualify for services under the Rehabilitation Act, as outlined in the student's individual 504 plan.

Special Education Services

The City of St. Charles School District is proud to serve our special education students each year. We are dedicated to providing every eligible student with an effective Individualized Education Program in the least restrictive environment. With a complete continuum of service delivery models, an expert staff, on-going and specialized staff development and knowledgeable supervision and support, we are committed to offering not only appropriate educational services, but also services which are of the highest in quality.

The City of St. Charles School Districts special education department is a supportive extension of our exemplary regular educational system. Our district believes in providing students with disabilities the highest quality of service. Services are provided to students (ages 3 21) who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines. Following a multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine eligibility, an Individual Education Program or IEP is developed for each child with a disability based upon his or her unique needs. Students may receive specially designed academic instruction and related services such as speech, occupational or physical therapy.

For additional information on any of these services, contact Mrs. Juliet McClard at 443-4086 or by e-mail at
JMcClard@stcharlessd.org.

If You Suspect a Developmental Delay or Disability

Child Find

If you suspect your child may have a developmental delay or disability, the City of St. Charles School District can open a window of hope for a brighter future. Services at no cost to the family are available to all eligible individuals from age three up to 21 years of age regardless of the severity of their disability. All referrals are considered confidential. All special education services are provided at no cost. If you feel your child is lagging behind in any developmental area, contact us and request a screening appointment. If the screener feels there are areas of concern after the screening, they will refer your child for further evaluation. All test results will be shared with you once they are complete.

The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law. Special education services are available to eligible children and youth identified with a disability that may be experiencing difficulties at school.

Private and Parochial

If your child attends a private or parochial school and you suspect a disability, please contact Gina Peters at 443-4037 or by email; gpeters@stcharlessd.org.

Homebound Instruction

Homebound instruction is one of the services available to students in the St. Charles School District who, because of their medical/disabling condition prevents them from attending school safely. A certified teacher provides services to students in the home setting with parent supervision. A homebound application must be completed by the students attending physician showing diagnosis, reason for confinement, and approximate length homebound instruction will required. The recommendation must be for a minimum of four weeks and no longer than twelve weeks (without a new application for an extension). Homebound applications are available from the Student Services Office; contact Dinah Griesenauer at 443-4036.

Surrogate Parents

The St. Charles School District in compliance with state regulations provides surrogate parents to students with disabilities who do not have a parent or legal guardian. Individuals are trained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and act on behalf of students during school related meetings/conferences.

For additional information, please contact the office of Student Services.