• Special Education

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    It is the policy of the Marshfield R-I School District to provide students with disabilities between the ages of three to 21 years with free and appropriate public education (FAPE).  The term "students with disabilities" includes all students defined as "handicapped" and "severely handicapped" in accordance with 162.675(2)(3) RSMo and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

    Special education classes and services are offered for preschool & school-aged students with the following educational disabilities:

    • Blind
    • Deaf
    • Deaf/Blind
    • Educationally Autistic
    • Emotionally Disturbed
    • Hearing Impaired
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Intellectually Disabled
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Physical/Other Health Impaired
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visually Impaired
    • Young Child with Developmental Delay

    Marshfield R-I Schools Special Education Department is committed to partnering with families in all steps of the special education process.  This process is heavily laden in law, policy and procedures, which can be overwhelming for families.  This site was developed to provide information and resources we hope families find helpful in navigating their own special education journey.  One particular resource is included below.  This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of special education in the State of Missouri.

    The Parents' Guide to Special Education (DESE created handbook):  This document is offered as a guide for the rules of special education and related services.  It describes how to make a referral for special education as well as the evaluation process and IEP process.  -  The Parent's Guide to Special Education (English)  -  The Parent's Guide to Special Education (Spanish)

    SPECIAL EDUCATION

    Children differ in mental abilities, sensory development, physical traits, emotional or social behaviors, or communication skills. Some may require modification to their school program or special education and related services in order to benefit from their schooling.

    Congress recognized that children with disabilities have special needs and passed what is now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). That law provides that children with disabilities must receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The Missouri State Plan for Special Education contains all regulations that must be followed by all public school districts and other responsible agencies in the provision of special education services.

    The Marshfield R-I School District has set high standards and expectations for all children attending our schools. The district works to:

    • Improve student achievement scores on statewide assessments
    • Reduce dropouts and increase graduation rates
    • Improve the preparation of students for their post-secondary life, whether that be a chosen vocation or continuing education upon graduation.

    These high expectations have been set for all children, including those with disabilities.  The district needs your assistance and involvement in achieving these goals for your child.  As the parent of a child with a disability, you will participate in many meetings, working alongside school personnel in planning the special education services and support that your child needs. 

    Should you have questions about your child’s special education services, it is recommended that you first contact your child’s teacher(s), principal, the district’s process coordinators, or the Director of Special Services.

    In addition, there are a number of other resources for parents in Missouri. Those resources are available below or at Special Education Parent Resources.

Contact Us:

  • Marshfield R-I Schools 
    Special Services Department

    Melynda Van Note

    Melynda Van Note - Director
    Central Office

    170 State Highway DD.
    Marshfield, MO 65706

    Phone: (417) 859-2120 Ext. 9007
    Fax: (417) 859-2193
    Email: Melynda.VanNote@mjays.us

    Hollie Smith

    Hollie Smith - Administrative Assistant
    Central Office

    170 State Highway DD
    Marshfield, MO 65706

    Phone: (417) 859-2120 Ext. 9002
    Fax: (417) 859-2193
    Email: Hollie.Smith@mjays.us


    Special Education Records
    Records Phone: (417) 859-2120 Ext. 9002
    Records Fax: (417) 859-2193

    School Year Office Hours:
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM  Monday - Friday

    Summer Office Hours:
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Monday - Thursday
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Friday

Special Education Process Coordinators:

  • Stephanie Walker

    Stephanie Walker
    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Process Coordinator/Itinerant Teacher

    Stephanie.Walker@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 4706

    Patricia Guzman

    Patricia Guzman
    Hubble & Webster Elementary School Process Coordinator

    Patricia.Guzman@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 3036

    Lori Ralph

    Lori Ralph
    Shook Elementary School Process Coordinator/School Psych Examiner
    Lori.Ralph@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 5709

    Rochelle Hobbs

    Tricia Denzer
    Junior High School Process Coordinator
    Tricia.Denzer@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 2415

    Sherry Davis

    Sherry Davis
    High School Process Coordinator
    Sherry.Davis@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 1201

504 Coordinators:

  • Sara Reynolds

    Sara Reynolds
    Hubble Elementary Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator
    Sara.Reynolds@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 4703

    Natasha Adams 

    Natasha Adams
    Webster Elementary Assistant Prinicipal/504 Coordinator
    Natasha.Adams@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 3702

    Taylor Young

    Taylor Young
    Shook Elementary Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator
    Taylor.Young@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 5703

    Preston Hyde

    Preston Hyde
    Junior High Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator
    Preston.Hyde@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 2423

    Sherry Davis

    Sherry Davis
    High School 504 Coordinator
    Sherry.Davis@mjays.us
    417-859-2120 Ext. 1201