Notice of Compliance

The Department of Education's (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces several statutes that protect the rights of beneficiaries in programs or activities that receive financial assistance from ED. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), sex (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973), and age (Age Discrimination Act of 1975). OCR also has responsibilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits state and local governments from discriminating on the grounds of disability.


The De Soto School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. De Soto School District will provide equal access to its educational facilities and programs for individuals. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


Name and/or Title           Deborah Larsen, Director of Special Education

                                    De Soto School District

Address                        1812 Rock Rd.

                                    De Soto, MO 63020

Telephone No.               (636) 586-1040





The De Soto School District, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education and operates 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 De Soto School District assures that it will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) 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 nondisabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations.


The De Soto School District has developed a 504 Procedures Manual for the implementation of federal regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Subpart D.  This Procedures Manual may be reviewed at De Soto School District Administration Office by contacting the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Nancy Schmitz, Assistant Director of Special Education, De Soto School District, 610 Vineland School Rd., De Soto, MO 63020


This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.





A grievance procedure has been adopted by the De Soto School District to expedite prompt and equitable resolution of any complaint.  Any student, parent, or employee alleging non-compliance with any part of Title IX, Section 504, or ADA should file a written complaint with Deborah Larsen, Director of Special Education, 610 Vineland School Rd., De Soto, MO 63020.

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