Welcome to the Cornwall-Lebanon School District Special Education Services site. This site will provide you with the information you need about our Special Education programs.

The Cornwall-Lebanon School District’s mission statement demonstrates the districts belief that all children can learn. It is not uncommon for students to require additional supportive services on the road to learning, growing, socializing and becoming contributing citizens in their community. Special Education Services are provided by Cornwall-Lebanon School District and through consortiums with other educational agencies, including the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. Cornwall-Lebanon School District works cooperatively with a variety of social agencies that augment our educational efforts. Eligible students may access a wide range of services.

Students in need of additional support are initially assisted through Intervention Specialists. Parents are encouraged to be active member of this team. Meetings are held regularly to analyze data, students’ learning difficulties and to develop strategies to help students become successful in their regular education classes.

2024-2027 Special Education Comprehensive Plan

Below is the proposed 2024-2027 Special Education Comprehensive Plan Report printed from the PDE Future Ready Comprehensive Planning Portal. It was presented to the Board of School Directors at the February 12, 2024, Public Work Session. A printed version is available for public review in the District office before the Board of School Directors vote regarding the plan on March 18, 2024.

The format of the report is predetermined by PDE and the Cornwall-Lebanon School District could not alter the appearance of the report.

Annual Public Notice

Special Education Services and Programs, Services for Gifted Students and Services for Protected Handicapped Students

According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School districts are required to conduct child find activities for children:

  • who may be eligible for services via Chapter 14 of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). For additional information related to Chapter 14/IDEA, please refer to Chapter 14, IDEA, or to the website: //www.pattan.net/.
  • who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/Chapter 15 services, please refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, or the Basic Education Circular, titled “Implementation of Chapter 15.”
  • who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 PA Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, please refer to 22 PA Code Chapter 26. If a student is both gifted and eligible for special education, the procedures in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence.

          This notice shall inform parents throughout the Cornwall-Lebanon School District of the child identification activities and of the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of information pertaining to students with disabilities or eligible young children. This information is published on the District website in the District Calendar, as well as annually in the Lebanon Daily News.

Children of school age through age twenty-one can be eligible for special education programs and services. If parents believe that their child may be eligible for special education, the parent should contact the principal of the child’s school, or the district office, (717) 272-2031.

Children ages three through the age of admission to first grade also are eligible if they have developmental delays and, as a result, need special education and related services. Children who are less than the age of beginners and at least 3 years of age are considered to have developmental delay when difficulties exist in the areas of cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional, and self-help development.

If you have questions regarding difficulties you child may be experiencing, please contact the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Early Intervention Program at 1 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042, (717) 450-1545; or 1020 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601, (717) 606-1898.

Multidisciplinary Team Evaluations

This evaluation gathers pertinent information on the child’s performance from teachers, counselors, learning facilitators, and parents. Information is compiled into a comprehensive evaluation report that includes recommendations on the child’s eligibility for Special Education Services. All information collected is protected in accordance with State and Federal law and by District’s policy on confidentiality of student records. In order to request a multidisciplinary team evaluation for a school aged child, a parent should contact their child’s teacher, guidance counselor, intervention specialist or principal. The initial involvement of the intervention team however, is recommended to be an important first step is assessing a student’s educational strengths and needs.

Special Education Services

The Cornwall-Lebanon School District provides special education services for all eligible students from K to age 21. Special education programs are either operated by our school district or the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit. Students with more significant needs may receive their education at Approved Private Schools. Services by disability area are as follows:

  • Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment including Deafness
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech and language Impairment
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Developmental Delay

The District’s ultimate goal for each student enrolled in any special education program is to provide an appropriate education experience in the least restrictive environment with all the services and supports necessary to ensure the success of the student.  Ancillary services such as transportation, physical and occupational therapy, psychological and social services, etc., will be instituted when needed to assist the student to accomplish his/her IEP goals.