Department of Special Education

  • ELCO School District provides special education services to identified students in accordance with PA Chapter 14.  Supports and services are identified through a comprehensive educational evaluation completed by a certified school psychologist along with the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The ELCO School District is committed to supporting students with special education needs through a variety of programs and services across the K-12 continuum.  Through partnerships with the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit #13, neighboring school districts, and private educational providers, along with a growing expanse of District-operated programming, a comprehensive and individualized program can be delivered and tailored to meet the unique needs of students.

    Families can find information about specific disability categories, resources, and documents by clicking on the images/links below. 

    Any questions about the identification process or available supports and services should be directed to Jeremy Sweigart, Director of Special Education, via email ( or telephone (717-866-7117, extension 10821).

    Notice Regarding Participation in the Pennsylvania Alternative System of Assessment (PASA):

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed the 1.0% of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments.  Each local educational agency (LEA) must submit justification to the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) if it anticipates that more than 1.0% of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA.  A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations.  LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information.  The Eastern Lebanon County School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0% threshold for PASA participation for the 2022-2023 testing cycle.  The necessary justification information has been submitteed to BSE.  Questions regarding ELCO's participation rates should be directed to Jeremy Sweigart, Director of Special Education.