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Special Education Laws

We know that navigating the intricacies of special education can be overwhelming. The Tulsa Public Schools Exceptional Student Support Services team is committed to helping you ensure that your student receives the services and support he/she is entitled to under the law. 

Child find

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Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is an ongoing process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children between the ages of 3 and 21 who may need special education and related services. “All children with disabilities, residing in Tulsa Public School District, whether attending public or private schools, should be identified, located, and evaluated.” This service is provided to children with suspected disabilities, free of charge.

Services include:

  • SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES for all school age children 
  • EDUCATIONAL TESTING REFERRALS for people who are suspected of having a disability within the Tulsa Public Schools System

Exceptional Student Support Service Levels

The Exceptional Student Services Individualized Education Plan team works with parents and families to access the needs of our students. Based on your child's Individualized Education Plan, our team provides four levels of specialized service, ranging from student monitoring and collaborative teaching in a General Education classroom (Level 1) to self-contained classrooms offering intensive supports (Level 4).

Please reach out to your child’s teacher to find out their level of service. You can also contact your child’s counselor and request an evaluation or call our school psychology office at 918-746-7575.

What are my rights under idea?

Families who are receiving or eligible for special education services have certain rights according to state and federal laws. For questions about these rights, please contact your local school or the Special Education Services (SES) of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. These rights and procedural safeguards are in accordance with Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations for implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the IDEA Amendments of 1997.

To learn more about parental rights and safeguards, visit the following links for more information and language options.

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Contact us

Exceptional Student Support Services

Phone: 918-746-6376
Fax:  918-746-6341
Email Us

Executive Director of Exceptional Student Support
Debra Renz
renzde@tulsaschools.org

Elementary Director of Exceptional Student Support 
Sherry Rooks
rookssh@tulsaschools.org

Secondary Director of Exceptional Student Support
Kayre Pryor
pryorka@tulsaschools.org