Department Overview
    The major purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to provide children with disabilities the supports and services they need to learn and progress in their school work.  It requires that each child receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).  Parents or guardians of children with disabilities participate in many meetings, working alongside school personnel in planning the special education services and supports that the children need.  The resources you will find here can assist you in understanding some of the most important aspects of special education.
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    In accordance with federal regulations, some identifiable information in former students’ files will be destroyed on August 1, 2021.  A record of each student’s transcript and enrollment information will be kept in their permanent file.


    636 N. Main

    Republic, MO  65738





    In accordance with the state and federal regulation implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) this is to inform you of our intent to destroy personally identifiable information related to special education services maintained in former student’s special education records.  Records scheduled to be destroyed are the Special Education records of any former Republic student with a DOB on January 1, 1996 to December 31, 1996.


    If you wish to maintain this information for your personal records, you need to notify us (in writing) upon receipt of this notice.  Otherwise, the information will be destroyed on August 1, 2021.



    Please be advised that the records may be needed by the student or the parent(s) for social security benefits or other purposes.  Records to be destroyed are as follows:

        Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)

        Evaluation Reports

        Test Protocols (Available for inspection only; no copy will be provided)

        Notifications of Meetings

        Notices of Action

        Review of Existing Data Summaries


    All other personally identifiable information with the Special Education file*



    The reason for destruction of the above listed items is because they are no longer needed to provide educational services as it has been more than three (3) years since this individual has received special education services at the Republic R-III School District.

    *The district may maintain a permanent record, without time limitation, of a student’s name, address, and phone numbers; his /her grades; attendance record; classes attended; grade level completed; and year completed.

    The school is required to maintain records for a minimum of three (3) years from the date the child no longer received special education and related services.

    You may contact the records office at the Republic R-III School District at 417-735-3715 or mail a written request to the address above if you would like to be given a copy of your records.

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    Contact Information
    Meredith Morris
    Director of Special Education
    Kim Cole 
    Administrative Assistant
    Regular Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. 
    Special Education Office
    636 N. Main
    Republic, MO 65738
    P: 417.735.3715
    F: 417.732.3706
      ****SUMMER HOURS ****
               7:30 TO 3:30 
    JUNE 1, 2021 AUGUST 1, 2021