1. PARENTS AS TEACHERS
Parents as Teachers is an early childhood parent education and family support program designed to help all parents give their children the best possible start in life. The program is a FREE service provided by the West St. Francois County R-IV School District to families living in our school district. Services are provided for pre-natal through kindergarten enrollment.
Parents as Teachers provides parents with:

  • Personal Home Visits by trained Parent Educators
  • Group Connections
  • Screenings: Developmental, Hearing and Vision
  • Resource/Referral Network

Resources – Referral Form
Contact Information – Amy Therrell & Susan Whitter, PAT Educators, (573) 562-2213


2. PRESCHOOL/HEADSTART/EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
The critical importance of the early years in determining the educational development of children is recognized by the West St. Francois County R-IV School Board. When financial and physical resources permit, programs designed to help meet the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of preschool age children are authorized. When these programs are established, the Board directs that written curriculum be developed to direct the services offered to prekindergarten age children. The West St. Francois County R-IV School District has several programs available to meet the needs of our youngest students.

Contact Information:

  • Preschool – Beth Henson, Preschool Instructor, (573) 562-2984
  • Headstart – Site Manager, (573) 431-2658
  • Early Childhood Special Education – Sheri Price, Director of Special Education, (573) 562-7535 x5

3. SPECIAL EDUCATION
The West St. Francois County R-IV school district will provide special education and/or related services to students with disabilities in accordance with applicable law, including the IDEA, its implementing regulations, the Missouri State Plan for Part B of the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, its implementing regulations, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.For students identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), each student’s IEP team will develop an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) that will address how that student’s disability affects that student’s involvement and progress in the general curriculum. Each student’s IEP team also will, in accordance with IDEA, create an IEP that includes a statement of the special education, related services and supplementary aides and services that will enable the student to be involved in and make progress in the general educational curriculum.

Resources: Procedural Safeguards | Public Notice | Parent Bill of Rights | Medicaid MO HealthNet

Contact Information: Sheri Price, Director of Special Education, (573) 562-7535 x5


4. HOMEBOUND
Homebound instructional programs will be administratively considered for non-disabled students who for health reasons are likely to be absent for more than ten school days on a case by case basis. Decisions with respect to homebound instruction for students with a disability under Section 504 or the IDEA are made by the students’ 504 or IEP team.

Forms: Homebound Application

Contact Information: Sheri Price, Director of Special Education, (573) 562-7535 x5


5. 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act were designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. To that end, Section 504
provides, in pertinent part, as follows:

    No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United
    States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his 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 . . .

A disabled person under Section 504 is defined as any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The West St. Francois County R-IV School district utilizes a 504 team approach when making decisions with respect to determining eligibility and/or instruction for students with a disability under Section 504.

Contact Information: Sheri Price, Director of Special Education, (573) 562-7535 x5


6. English Language Learners
All school districts in Missouri are required to provide equal educational opportunities to students regardless of race, national origin, sex, color, or disabilities. To have access to school programs, English language learners (ELLs) (including immigrant children and youth, refugees, migrants, and undocumented students) must receive instruction that increases their English proficiency and core academic content knowledge.

To learn more about the services West St. Francois County provides to ELLs, or if you have questions, please contact: Sheri Price, Director of Special Education, (573) 562-7535 x5


7. Foster Care
Requirements under Title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, highlight the need to provide educational stability for children in foster care, with particular emphasis on collaboration between SEAs, LEAs, and child welfare agencies to ensure that students in foster care have the opportunity to achieve at the same high levels as their peers. These provisions emphasize the importance of limiting educational disruption by keeping children who move in foster care (due to entering the foster care system or changing placements) in their schools of origin, unless it is determined to be in their best interest to change schools. These provisions also ensure that, if it is not in their best interest to remain in their schools of origin, children in foster care are enrolled in their new schools without delay. In implementing these provisions, SEAs, LEAs, and child welfare agencies must ensure compliance with other applicable laws, such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), among others. Taken in totality, these provisions promote greater stability for children in foster care so that they can continue their education without disruption, maintain important relationships with peers and adults, and have the opportunity to achieve college- and career-readiness. The West St. Francois County School District has designated Mrs. Sheri Price, (573) 562-7535 x5, as the Foster Care Liaison.

Resources – DESE Foster Care Liaison Directory