Public Notices

Southern Boone Residency Requirements 

The Southern Boone County R-1 School District was established to serve the children residing within the boundaries of the school district. Missouri law (Subsection 2 in section 167.020, of the Revised Statutes of Missouri) states that a child is entitled to attend the school where the child resides and is domiciled, and that "the domicile of the minor child shall be the domicile of the parent or court-appointed legal guardian..." 

How is residency in the school district determined? 

Whoever is registering a student under the age of 18 must demonstrate that the student lives in the district and is domiciled there. The domicile of the student shall be that of the student’s parent, court-appointed legal guardian, or military guardian pursuant to a military guardianship. A letter granting power of attorney is not the same as a legal guardianship determined by a court. Schools typically require proof of residency at the time of enrollment but may request proof at any time. 

Proof of residency may come in a number of forms. The district may ask the registrant to sign a statement or affidavit relating to residency, produce a lease or rent receipts or utility bills or ask for a copy of an occupancy permit, where appropriate. 

There are occasions when a person may wish to register a child who resides in the district but who is not living with a parent, military guardian, or court-appointed legal guardian. Such persons may request a waiver of proof of residency at the time of registration. The board of education must officially decide whether or not to grant an individual waiver. Waivers apply for the current school year only and must be requested again annually as circumstances may change. 

What happens if the district finds out that a registration, signed statement or affidavit of residence contains false information? 

Anyone who knowingly falsifies a statement of residence is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. The district can require the child to leave the school and may file a civil action for the purposes of recovering the costs of school attendance. 

For more information contact: 

Dr. Tim Roth 
School Superintendent 
5275 W Red Tail Dr. 
Ashland, Missouri 65010 

Home-Schooling Declaration 

Families who want to home-school their children are requested to provide some information for the local public school district. They may file a "home-schooling declaration" with either the superintendent's office or the county recorder of deeds. The declaration should state the following: 

1) Name and age of each child attending the home school 

2) The address and telephone number of the home school 

3) The name of each person teaching in the home school 

4) The name, address, and signature of each person making the declaration of enrollment. 

If families file these letters by September 1st annually, they have clearly stated their intent to home-school their children. However, if the letters aren’t filed annually, school officials don't know whether the family has moved or is still home-schooling. The home-schooling declarations prevent the school from making erroneous reports of truancy. 

Families may also file this declaration with the county recorder of deeds, who is allowed to charge a small fee for the service. The school district does not charge a fee. 

For questions, contact the Southern Boone County R-I School District Central Office at 573-657-2147.

Public Notice - 504 Compliance

Local school districts in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth to age twenty-one (21) that reside in the district. This census must be compiled by December 1 of each year. This information is treated as confidential and must include: name of the child; parent/legal guardian’s name/address; birth date and age of the child; the child’s disability; and the services provided to the child. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact this district at 573-657-2147. 

The Southern Boone R1 School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, sex or age in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals with disabilities, or in any aspect of their operations. The Southern Boone R1 School District also does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, sex or age in its hiring or employment practices. 

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Southern Boone R1 School District, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education and as an operator of a public elementary or secondary education program and/or activity, is required to undertake to identify and locate every qualified person residing in the District who is not receiving a public education; and take appropriate steps to notify disabled persons and their parents or guardians of the District’s duty. 

The Southern Boone R1 School District assures that it will, pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified disabled person in the District’s jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s disability. For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of non-disabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of Section 504 federal regulations. 

This notice is provided as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding the ADA and Section 504 may be forwarded to the designated 504 Coordinator. 

Carolyn Pridemore
504 Coordinator
5275 W. Red Tail Drive
Ashland, MO 65010
(573) 657-2417, ext. 1801

This notice will be provided in native languages or alternative formats, e.g., large print, Braille, as needed.

Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 Complaint Procedures

This guide in the link below explains how to file a complaint about any of the programs that are administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)2.

Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 Complaint Procedures

2022-2023 Foster Care Point of Contact 

Missouri Foster Care Education Bill of Rights Senate Bill 291 (2009) created sections 167.018 and 167.019, RSMo, otherwise known as the “Foster Care Education Bill of Rights.” These laws require public school districts and child placing agencies to ensure foster children don’t fall through the cracks when it comes to receiving an education. 

§ 168.018, RSMo Section 168.018, RSMo, requires each school district to designate a staff member as “the educational liaison” for children in foster care. Kristen Long is the appointed Point of Contact for Southern Boone County R-1 School Distirct.   Acting in an advisory capacity, the educational liaison is required to: 1. Ensure and facilitate the proper educational placement, enrollment in school and checkout from school of foster children; 2. Assist foster care students when transferring from one school or district to another, by ensuring proper transfer of credits, records and grades; 3. Request school records of a foster care student pursuant to section 167.022, within two (2) business days of a foster care student’s placement in a school, and 4. Submit school records of foster care students within three (3) business days of receiving a request for a foster care student’s records. 

§ 167.019, RSMo Section 167.019, RSMo, requires a child placing agency, as defined in section 210.481, RSMo, to promote the educational stability of foster children. The child placing agency must take into consideration the foster child’s school attendance area when placing the child. This section further defines the right of foster children in regard to their continuing education: 1. A foster child has the right to remain enrolled in and attend his or her school of origin or to return to a previously attended school in an adjacent district. 2. The school district shall accept for credit full or partial course work satisfactorily completed by a foster care student while attending a public school, non-public school, or non-sectarian school in accordance with district policy or procedure. 3. A foster care student’s school district of residence shall issue a diploma to a foster care student under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court providing the student completes the district’s graduation requirements. 4. A school district shall ensure that if a foster care student is absent from school because of a change in placement made by a court or child placing agency, or because of a verified court-appearance or court-ordered activity, the grades and credits of the foster care student shall be calculated as of the date the student left school, and the student’s grades shall not be lowered as a consequence of the absence. 5. Subject to federal law, school districts shall permit access of foster care student records to any child placing agency for the purpose of fulfilling educational case management responsibilities required by a juvenile officer or by law and to assist with the school transfer and placement of a student.

Kristen Long
Foster Care Point of Contact
(573) 657-2147

2023-2024 McKinney-Vento Act Notice 

The McKinney-Vento Act guarantees homeless children and youth an education equal to what they would receive if they were not homeless. According to the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless children and youth include individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes the following situations: Sharing the housing of others (known as doubling-up) due to loss of housing or economic hardship; Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds; Living in emergency or transitional shelters; Abandoned in hospitals; Living in a nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation; Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. 

The McKinney-Vento Act also recognizes unaccompanied youth who are homeless. According to the act, an unaccompanied youth is a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian. 

There are two choices for a student in a homeless situation — the school of origin and the school of residency. The school of origin is the school the child attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled. The school of residency is the school serving the area where the child or youth is currently physically dwelling. When determining the school of best interest, a homeless child or youth should remain in the school of origin (to the extent feasible) unless doing so is contrary to the wishes of the parent or guardian or to the wishes of the unaccompanied youth. 

The McKinney-Vento Act requires the immediate enrollment of homeless children and youth. These children must be allowed to attend school even if they are unable to produce previous academic records, immunization and medical records, proof of residency, birth certificates, or other documentation that is usually required. 

School districts must provide transportation for homeless children and youth to the school of best interest. Districts must also provide transportation during the resolution of any pending disputes. While disputes over enrollment, school selection or eligibility are being resolved, students must be transported to the school of choice of the parent or the unaccompanied youth. The Homeless Liaison A school district’s homeless liaison plays a vital role in ensuring that children and youth experiencing homelessness enroll and succeed in school. The McKinney Vento Act requires that every school district appoint a homeless liaison who serves as the link between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers, and social service providers. Breena Eddy has been appointed as the McKinney-Vento Liaison for 

Southern Boone County R-I School District 

Breena Eddy
McKinney Vento Liaison

Public Notice

All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools; children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district; highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children; children who are wards of the state; and children who are suspected of having a disability and being in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The Southern Boone County R-1 School District assures that it will provide a free,  appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of  3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders,  hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities,  orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness, and young child with a  developmental delay. 

The Southern Boone County R-1 School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program. 

The Southern Boone County R-1 School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation,  placement, or provision of FAPE to children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request an amendment to the educational record if they parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of  Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and  Privacy Act (FERPA). 

The Southern Boone County R-1 School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information, and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act  (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the office of the district’s Director of Special Education during the school day or otherwise, by appointment. 

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

Rev. September 14, 2007; confirmed 7-19-10