Under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the School District of Clayton is prohibited from discriminating against students on the basis of a disability. Clayton provides a free and appropriate public education to each student within its jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. The school district ensures that students who need or are believed to need special education or related services will be identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students whose disability qualifies them for special education under IDEA are eligible for services from the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD). IDEA requirements are fulfilled by SSD with cooperation and assistance from Clayton.
Section504 also stipulates that students with disabilities have the right to participate in school sponsored extra curricular programs and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to their needs.
Under Section 504 and IDEA, students with disabilities have the right to be placed in the least restrictive educational environment. To the maximum extent appropriate for the needs of the student, Clayton will educate students with disabilities within their regular school program.
Students with disabilities and their parents have a number of rights and protections. Questions or requests for assistance or information about services for students with diagnosed or suspected disabilities should be directed to the student's school counselor or Margy Brake, Special School District Area Coordinator, at 854-6016.