• What if I Suspect My Child May Have a Disability?

    Child Find is the process of identifying, locating, and evaluating children suspected of having a disability and who may be in need of special education and related services. The school district provides special education services to any child who qualifies as having a disability according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.

    According to IDEA and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities, a child may be identified under the following disabilities:

    • Autism
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Developmental Delay
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment/Deafness
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech or Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment


    If you suspect your child may have a disability, please contact: Carmen Griffith at 1-419-864-3691 extension 3006 or at carmen.griffith@cardington.k12.oh.us

    Preschool Handbook

    504 Plan Information

    District Profile

    Cardington-Lincoln Schools serves approximately 210 students with disabilities each year. About 20 percent of the Cardington-Lincoln student population have been identified as eligible for special education. The district is required to locate all children who may have disabilities, ages from birth through age 21, who reside within its boundaries.

    The district provides a continuum of special education programming and services at no cost to the parents for:

    Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that assures children and youth with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Federal and State laws require school districts to evaluate children who have suspected disabilities. These laws affect all school-aged children educated within the Cardington-Lincoln Local School District boundaries and all preschool children who live within the Cardington-Lincoln School District.
    If you have concerns about your child’s ability or skills and suspect there may be a disability, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or the Student Services/Special Education office at (419) 864-3691 ext 3006.

    Notice of Public Comment on the Use of Federal Funds

    The Cardington-Lincoln School District is in the process of developing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Special Education grant allocations for the  remainder of the 2022-2023 school year and the 2023-2024 school year.  The District is seeking comments from the public on how to allocate and expend these funds. The IDEA-B funds, and any supplemental funds provided through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), will support the provision of special education services to children with disabilities who are ages 3 to 21 and enrolled in the Cardington-Lincoln School District.

    Districts receiving special education grant funds are required to be compliant with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations. 

    Guidance for districts on the use of federal special education grant funds may be found in the links below. These documents provide detailed information on the options that a district may consider as it develops its program of special education and related services to children with disabilities.

    IDEA-B:  http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Special-Education-Data-and-Funding/Special-Education-Part-B-Allocations

    American Rescue Plan:  https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/leg/arp/arp-idea-fact-sheet.pdf

    The Cardington-Lincoln School District Special Education Department will accept public comments on the use of funds for the 2022-23 and 2023-2024 school year until June 20, 2023. If you have any suggestions or input, please contact the Special Education Director at 419-864-3691

    Community members may also make a public comment at the February 13, 2023 Board Meeting at 6:00 pm in the Lillian James Library

    Jennifer Zierden, Director of Curriculum acts as the district’s local liaison to identify and support students experiencing homelessness. She also provides resources, McKinney-Vento services and information McKinney-Vento Homeless Resources for Awareneshttps://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Homeless-Youths.