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ADMINISTRATION • EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES



EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES (FORMERLY SPECIAL EDUCATION)

The mission of Tulsa Public Schools' Exceptional Student Support Services department is to uphold excellence and high expectations with a commitment to all. We are committed to identifying and meeting the diverse needs of each student through individualized educational programming. It is our mission to work cooperatively with families, students, community, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student's success and well-being as he/she prepares for future endeavors.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who should attend Child Study Team meetings?

The members of the Child Study Team should include the student’s regular classroom teacher, the school psychologist, another teacher or counselor and the designated administrative representative. Depending upon the needs of the student, additional members may include the parent, a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, other teachers, or the school nurse.

2. If a child is referred to the building Child Study Team, does this mean the child is referred to special education?

Not necessarily - the building Child Study Team conferences are part of the regular education process and do not necessarily constitute a special education referral.

3. What is Other Health Impairment?

Other health impairment (OHI) means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment that

is due to a chronic or acute health problem such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, and sickle cell anemia; and adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

4. How long can a student remain on an Interim IEP?

The interim IEP must include specific conditions and timelines that will not exceed 30 calendar days. The team must convene at the end of this time to develop the child’s subsequent IEP.

5. Who can serve as an Administrative Representative for the IEP team?

The team’s administrative representative must be qualified to perform the following functions:

  1. Provide or supervise the provision of special education services;
  2. Have the authority to commit district resources, as necessary;
  3. Have the authority to make decisions about the specific special education and related services the district will provide the child; and
  4. Be knowledgeable about the general curriculum and the availability of the district’s resources.


 

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