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Parent Information

All students are eligible for a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under federal law, including those students with special needs. We are committed to supporting our exceptional learners to ensure that they learn and thrive with their peers in the least restrictive environment possible and with the supports and services included in their Individualized Education Programs.

In distance learning, we will continue working with students and families to provide the specialized supports each exceptional learner needs. In some cases, our students with the greatest needs will engage in small-group in-person learning at one of our school-sites. Your child’s school will contact you if your child is eligible for in-person learning.

During distance learning, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams will use the following considerations to develop support plans for exceptional students:

  • Students' access to technology;
  • Students' access to academic skills necessary to engage with instructional materials;
  • Students' access to executive skills necessary to participate in distance learning;
  • Students' cognitive needs that may impact access to distance learning;
  • Students' access to communications to support engaging with virtual curriculum (e.g. verbal/written/communication skills); and
  • Students' behavior and social/emotional supports required to access virtual curriculum.

How we will be supporting our students with special needs this school year?

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist and Exceptional Student Services Executive Director Debbie Renz discuss how Tulsa Public Schools will be supporting our exceptional students this year.

Questions about Distance Learning for Exceptional Students

With feedback from parents, we have developed and are implementing a plan to address potential learning loss over the spring and summer months and to prepare our exceptional students with the additional supports they will need to excel in the year ahead. This plan includes providing both distance learning and in-person learning environments that will accommodate our students’ needs. Providing these support and services is critical to the success of our students and the safety and security of families.

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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