Parent Resources

Referral Process

A referral for a special education evaluation can be initiated by a parent or by school personnel. The referral can be made either verbally or in writing.

The purpose of the referral is to determine if the student has a documented disability that falls under one of the thirteen (13) categories recognized by the Office of Special Education.

Disability Categories

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment


The district must document the following information on the referral: the name and role of the individual making the referral; the areas of educational concern; a description of the learning experiences of the child, especially in reading and math; a statement addressing that limited English proficiency is not the primary reason for the referral, and the date of the referral.

Once a parent referral has been received, the district has 30 days to determine the appropriateness of the referral. A review of existing data will be conducted and shared with the parent. A Notice of Action refusing the evaluation will be given if the Interdisciplinary Team determines that an evaluation is not warranted. If the Team determines there is sufficient evidence that a disability might be present, a Notice of Intent to Evaluate is presented to the parent.


The Request for Consideration of Initial Special Education Evaluation form should be completed if there is a belief that a student may have a disability.

If the child is between the ages of three and five, the family should contact the Early Childhood Special Education program (The Acorn Patch) at (816) 628-2653.

For students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, the classroom teacher or the child’s parent/guardian can complete the referral form. After the form is completed it may be given to the child’s teacher, counselor, principal, or to a special education teacher in the child’s school.

Within five days of the receipt of the request, the parent or guardian will receive a copy of the Procedural Safeguards for Children and Parents. Within 30 days of the request, a team of teachers and the building administrator will determine if an evaluation is needed. The parents/guardians will be notified of the team’s decision.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Glossary of Terms

Outside Resources

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Council for Exceptional Children

Parent Bill of Rights

Public Notice

Surrogate Parent Notice