Welcome to Lakeland Schools

Special Education/Pupil Personal Services

Welcome to the Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Department of the Lakeland Central School District. Our goal is to provide students with different learning needs equal access to education.  The department is committed to providing a full continuum of programs and services to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. 

In accordance with the student’s Individualized Education Plan or Section 504 Accommodation Plan, programs and related services are provided by certified special education teachers, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, social workers, and other specialists. We are committed to education in the least restrictive environment and provide the necessary support for students to be successful. We work closely with the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and all building administrators to ensure that students with disabilities remain integral members of the educational community, participating in rigorous yet appropriate educational programs culminating in a high school diploma.

Special Education services are available for students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21, or until they receive their high school diploma. Special education services are provided by certified special education teachers to those students determined by the Committee on Special Education to have special needs that interfere with educational progress. Students who need special education support in order to succeed may receive this help through collaborative/integrated assistance within their regular classroom or through the support of a special educator in a resource room setting. Students who require more intensive service are supported in a special class program where instruction is delivered by a special educator in specific curriculum areas. Preschool age students with an Individual Education Plan receive services through Westchester and Putnam County approved providers. 

We welcome your feedback as we strive to continually improve our programs and services to meet the diverse, yet unique, needs of each of our students.