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Special Education and Health Services

Corcoran Unified School District cooperates with other districts in the county to provide a variety of special education and health services designed to meet the particular needs of each child. This page provides information about our procedures and services as well as extra resources from the California Department of Education. Please contact our staff with questions about these services.

Special Education Services

Students who qualify for special education services will receive instruction in one of two ways: in self-contained classrooms where they remain with the same teacher throughout the day or inside typical classrooms where specially-trained teachers and aides collaborate with the regular classroom teacher. 

CUSD will meet the needs of children with special needs such as the following:

  • Hearing impairment/deafness
  • Speech problems
  • Visual impairment/blindness
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Mental disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Chronic health problems

We encourage parents and guardians to discuss their child’s special needs with his or her teacher or principal. CUSD employs trained health professionals to perform assessments.

Health Services

Our school district has entered into an agreement with the California Department of Education and the Department of Health Services allowing us to collect federal funds from Medi-Cal for some health services that we provide at school free of charge.

For more about our agreement with Medi-Cal, along with required immunization information, please refer to the registration packet located on our Registration and Immunizations page.


Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a program that supports academic achievement and behavioral competence. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning. Please read more about this important program.

Special Education and Health Services Staff

Estefania Vega Hernandez
School Psychologist
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Maria Sanchez
School Nurse Coordinator, Mental Health Counselor
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Melinda Ashford-Leonardo
Licensed Mental Health Clinician
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Dulce Sandoval
Special Education Secretary
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Heather Alves
Health Services Coordinator
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Yoselin Perez Lopez
Mental Health Clinician (Associate)
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Jessica Ramos
School Psychologist
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