Girl with DownsOnce the IEP has been approved and signed by the school and the parent, the IEP team decides where the child’s individualized needs (IEP) can be met in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  This means that children with disabilities are to be educated in the regular classroom with children who do not have disabilities to the extent appropriate to meet their educational needs.

When a child can’t be educated appropriately in the regular classroom, alternative placements must be made available by the team. The range of educational settings includes:

  • regular classroom
  • regular classroom with consultative assistance
  • regular classroom with assistance by itinerant specialists
  • regular classroom plus resource room help
  • regular classroom plus part-time special class
  • full-time special class
  • full-time or part-time special day school
  • full-time residential placement
  • home-based programming
  • hospital or institution

When a child with a disability, ages 6-21, requires home instruction, they must be provided a minimum of 10 hours per week. Related services are to be provided in addition to the ten hours per week of instruction.

The placement process is the same in that preschool children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment where the supports and services listed in the IEP can be delivered.  There is also a continuum of placements for preschool aged children.  This continuum includes:

  • Early Childhood Program
  • Home
  • Special Education Program
  • Service Provider Location
  • Separate School
  • Residential Setting


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