Diverse Learners

Special Education Supports and Services


CPS Policies and Procedures

The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services has issued updated CPS procedures and guidelines for students referred for or currently receiving specialized services.

CPS Diverse Learner Manuals and Guidance Documents Open for Public Comment

CPS is soliciting community feedback on its 2019-20 special education procedural manuals and guidance documents being proposed by the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services. Public comments on these documents will be accepted for 45 days through November 23, 2019.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in public comments do not represent the official position of Chicago Public Schools or the Chicago Board of Education.

Transportation Support

If you are the parent of a child with disabilities for whom transportation is provided pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan and your child is experiencing transportation related problems, call (773) 553-2860 for immediate assistance.

SY 2019-2020 Budget Process

Learn about the ODLSS budget for SY 2019-20 and the process for how resources are allocated.

ODLSS Budget Webinar Presentation

Have Questions?

Complete and submit this form to request assistance and support for your child regarding special education.


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For questions around special education services, please contact the School Assignments | ODLSS District Representative assigned to support the specific school.

Contact Information

Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 773-553-1800
Fax: 773-553-1801
Email: odlss@cps.edu

School Assignment Services
Phone: 773-553-1847

Student Transportation
Phone: 773-553-2860

Nursing Information
Phone: 773-553-4589

Page Last Modified on Thursday, October 10, 2019