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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, a 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)


    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 is working 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 reaching 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 supports 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.

Special Services Staff

  • Central Office
  • High School
  • Hubble & Webster Elementary
  • Hubble Elementary
  • Junior High
  • Shook Elementary
  • Webster Elementary
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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 Opt. 9007
    Fax: (417) 859-2193
    Email: melynda.vannote@mjays.us

    Elizabeth VanNess

    Elizabeth VanNess - Administrative Assistant
    Central Office

    170 State Highway DD.
    Marshfield, MO 65706

    Phone: (417) 859-2120 Opt. 9002
    Fax: (417) 859-2193
    Email: elizabeth.vanness@mjays.us

    Special Education Records
    Records Phone: (417) 859-2120 Opt. 9002
    Records Fax: (417) 859-2193
    Marshfield, MO 65706

    School Year Office Hours:
    7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
    Monday - Friday

    Summer Office Hours:
    9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
    Monday - Thursday
    9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Special Education Process Coordinators:

  • Stephanie Walker

    Stephanie Walker • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Process Coordinator •  stephanie.walker@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4706

    Patricia Guzman

    Patty Guzman • Hubble & Webster Elementary School Process Coordinator • patty.guzman@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 3036

    Lori Ralph

    Lori Ralph • Shook Elementary School Process Coordinator • School Psych Examiner • lori.ralph@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 5709

    Rochelle Hobbs

    Rochelle Hobbs • Junior High School Process Coordinator • rochelle.hobbs@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 2415

    Sherry Davis

    Sherry Davis • High School Process Coordinator • sherry.davis@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 1201


504 Coordinators:

  • Sabrina Francis

    Sabrina Francis • Hubble Elementary Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator • sabrina.francis@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4703

    Natasha Adams 

    Natasha Adams • Webster Elementary Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator • natasha.adams@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 3702

    Becky Weigand

    Becky Weigand • Shook Elementary Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator • becky.weigand@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 5703

    Preston Hyde

    Preston Hyde • Junior High Assistant Principal/504 Coordinator • preston.hyde@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 2423

    Sherry Davis

    Sherry Davis • High School 504 Coordinator • sherry.davis@mjays.us  (417) 859-2120 Opt. 1201