Special Services

Special Programs for Online School

Missouri Virtual Academy offers robust special education services to support students and meet their needs, empowering them to thrive in school and beyond. With high-quality, personalized learning and the help of teachers and support staff, students with special needs can achieve their academic goals, find their confidence, and pave a path to success.

Child Find

Special Education

Section 504 and Health Plan Supports

Parent Language Interpreters or Accommodation Needs

Admission of Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (per Title IX, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act) defines homeless as follows:

The term “homeless children and youths”–

  • (A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and
  • (B) includes–

(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Admissions of Youth in Foster Care

The “Foster Care Education Bill of Rights” requires public school districts and child-placing agencies in Missouri to ensure youth in foster care do not fall through the cracks when it comes to receiving an education because of situations they experience while in care. The Foster Care Education Bill of Rights requires school districts to designate a staff person as the educational liaison for foster children. The liaison shall do the following in an advisory capacity:

  • Ensure and facilitate the proper educational placement and enrollment in school and check out from school of foster children;
  • Assist foster care pupils when transferring schools by ensuring proper transfer of credits, records, and grades;
  • Request school records within two business days of a foster child in a school; and
  • Submit records of a foster child within three business days of receiving a request for school records.

Advanced Learners

Career Education

Anti-Bullying Resources

Learn how to stop bullies and keep your kids safe at school. For MODA’s complete policy, please refer to the MODA Student Handbook.

Child Abuse Hotline

When making a report, be sure to have the following information:

  • Name of the child
  • Name of the parent(s)
  • Name of the alleged abuser
  • Where the child can be located