Cherokee Public Schools
Special Services

Our Vision Statement

The purpose of Special Education is to minimize the impact of the disability while maximizing the opportunities for the student to participate in their school and community.

Child Find Procedures

Cherokee Public Schools (CPS) has in effect several policies and procedures to ensure that the school district will identify, locate, and evaluate all children residing in the district with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. This includes all children ages 3 to 21 who attend public or private schools, those who are homeschooled, those who are homeless or are wards of the state. Child Find Activities implemented in CPS include screening and general education intervention.


A screening process, which may lead to a more comprehensive assessment is provided through Child Find at Cherokee Public Schools. Parents can obtain additional information about this process by contacting Cherokee Elementary at (580)596-3277, Cherokee High School at (580)596-3391, or by using the following link:

General Education Intervention

A general education intervention process for children 3 years old through grade 12 is provided at each school site by the school's intervention and special services departments. The purpose of general education intervention is to intervene for any child who is presenting academic, behavior, functional, or medical concerns that are significantly impacting the student's access to the curriculum or school activities. This intervention leads to a better understanding of the supports students need in order to be successful in the general education curriculum and school setting. The data collected during general education intervention assists the special services team in determining if the student may need to be referred for a comprehensive evaluation. Parents must be provided with notice of their child's referral. Parents can obtain additional information about this process by contacting 580-596-3391 (high school), 580-596-3277 (elementary), or by using the following link

Parental Rights in the Child Find Process

The Child Find process is a collaborative one with school personnel working in conjunction with parents to locate, evaluate, and identify children who may need special education and related services. Children in need of special education services or an accommodation for a disability should be identified in a timely manner. If the child is referred for a comprehensive evaluation, informed parental consent must be obtained prior to beginning the evaluation.

Procedures for New Students Eligible for Special Education Services or 504 Accommodation Plans

As part of the enrollment process for new students entering CPS, parents are required to complete an enrollment form for his/her child. The Student Enrollment Form includes questions inquiring of the student's need for Student Support Services. According to district policy, school personnel will review the Student Enrollment Form and immediately notify appropriate school and district personnel regarding the provision of special education services (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan. When school personnel are notified of the student's previous special education or 504 eligibility, they will secure available information from the sending school for the purpose of developing and implementing an IEP or 504 Plan.