Springfield Public Schools is committed to serving ALL students. Students attending SPS, who are identified with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 receive a free, appropriate public education. The Special Services Department serves approximately 4,500 students with disabilities: 2,700 elementary and secondary students ages 5-21; 300 early childhood students ages 3-5; and 1,500 students under Section 504.
SPS Mission & Vision
Special Services Vision
Empowering students to use their abilities to be confident learners and self-advocates.
We include. We serve. All achieve.
Special Services Collective Commitments
We provide services and supports for students in their least-restrictive environment.
We utilize evidence-based practices to provide instruction and monitor progress to ensure student growth.
We provide access and equal opportunity for students to participate in educational programs and activities.
We collaborate with families, colleagues, and community partners to support students' life-long success.
We build collective efficacy in all staff to positively impact student achievement.
SPS Special Services
Dr. Tanya Rapert, Director
1610 E. Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: (417) 523-7500
Fax: (417) 523-7595
Special Education Records:
Records Phone: (417) 523-7503
Records Fax: (417) 523-0043
Wendy Vaughn, Records Secretary
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
- Community Resources
- Early Childhood Special Education
- IDEA & Section 504 Public Notice
- Local Compliance Plan
- Medicaid Public Notice
- Parent Bill of Rights
- Parent's Guide to Special Education (ENG)
- Parent's Guide to Special Education (SPA)
- Procedural Safeguards
- Section 504 Referral Request
- SPS Family Resource Guide
- Student Handbook
- Transition Preparation & Planning
- Transportation FAQ