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Special Services

The Midway R-1 School District, maintains services for children with disabilities in the following categories at the levels shown:

Services - Ages 5-21:
Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability
Specific Learning Disabilities
Hearing Impairments and Deafness
Emotional Disturbance
Visual Impairments/Blindness
Orthopedic Impairment
Multiple Disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Other Health Impairments
Speech or Language Impairment
Young Child with a Developmental Delay

Related Services - Ages 3-21:
Psycho-Educational Evaluations
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Adaptive PE
Speech Therapy
Language Therapy

Early Childhood Services - Ages 3-4:
Early Childhood Special Education (students must meet state criteria for placement. Students are eligible for services on their third birthday).

Other Services

Health screening of hearing and vision are available at designated levels.

Persons desiring additional information are invited to call Dr. Fred Pellerito, Director of Special Programs at 250-2994, ext 203.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 

Section 504 is a civil rights statute which provides that; “No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service.” (20 USC Section 794). While Section 504 requires that the disability “substantially limit a major life activity” such as walking, it need not necessarily adversely affect the students educational performance. 

Many 504 referrals have included some type of medical condition such as ADHD, Bipolar, etc. it is not a requirement for the formal medical diagnosis to be present for a child to be considered for or found eligible for a 504 Accommodation Plan. However, when a student has or is reported to have a medical condition, the 504 team will request current medical information. This medical information will be fully considered but not be the sole deciding factor in eligibility determinations or plan development.

Parent and Student Rights Under Section 504

The following is a description of student and parent rights granted by federal law. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions


  •  Have your child take part in and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination based on a disability.
  • Have the school advise you of your rights under federal law. 
  • Receive notice with respect to Section 504 identification, evaluation or placement of your child.
  • Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to have the school make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.
  • Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided students without disabilities. 
  • Have your child receive special education and related services if she/he is found to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PL 101-476), or to receive reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 
  • Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by individuals who know the student, disability, evaluation data, and placement options. Parents of a child with a disability have a responsibility of providing the school district with access to information regarding the child with a disability. 
  • Have transportation provided to a school placement setting at no greater cost to you than would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the school district. 
  • Give your child an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extracurricular activities offered by the school district. 
  • Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement. 
  • Request amendment of your child’s educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of your child’s privacy rights.
  • File a local grievance with your school district if you feel your child is being discriminated against because of their disability. If not satisfied with local hearing, a Notice of Appeal may be filed in accordance with the Midway School District Section 504 Grievance Procedures.

·   Contact the Office of Civil Rights or other agencies.


Quick Links


DESE Division of Special Education

Parents Guide to Special Education

Procedural Safeguards

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 Midway R-1 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 Midway R-1 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 Midway R-1 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 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 Midway R-1 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).

The Compliance Plan may be reviewed at the Special Services office, 5801 E. State Rt. 2, Cleveland, MO 64734 any school day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Each school building principal and building coordinator also has a copy of the Compliance Plan.

Persons desiring additional information are invited to call Dr. Fred Pellerito, Director of Special Services, 816-250-2994, ext. 203.

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

Initial and/or Annual Written Notification to Use Public Funded Program Benefits or Insurance

Medicaid -- MO HealthNet 

Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) allows school districts to use specific government funded public program benefits to assist with costs associated with  special education services.  Amended federal regulations require the District to provide initial written notification, and annually thereafter, to the student’s parent/guardian before accessing the student’s or parent’s government funded public program benefits or insurance for billing purposes (i.e., Medicaid – MO HealthNet) for the first time on or after March 18, 2013 and prior to obtaining one-time written parental consent.  Participation in MO HealthNet for Kids and/or MO HealthNet program is not required for any student to receive free appropriate public education (FAPE) under IDEA.      

One-time written parental consent to release personally identifiable information to the State’s Medicaid agency, healthcare staff or other public insurance programs to determine, access and recover entitled program benefits from a student’s or parent’s government funded public program benefits or insurance will be sought by the District.  Consent is voluntary and may be revoked at any time.  Consent does not give the District permission to access private insurance benefits.  Failure to consent will not result in denial or limitation of services for the student nor limit rights to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under IDEA.  

Any questions or concerns should be directed to: 
Dr. Fred Pellerito
Director of Special Services
Midway R-1 School District
5801 East State Rt 2
Cleveland, MO 64734

(816)250-2994 (ext 203) 

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