By federal law, schools must provide
- an “Appropriate” education
- in the Least Restrictive Environment
- Least Restrictive Environments (Continuum of Services)
- General Education Classroom full day
- Pull-outs (resource room, consultant teacher, academic support, etc.)
- Student is educated in spec. ed. classroom for partial day
- Student educated in special ed. classroom for entire day.
- Separate schools for specific types of disabilities
- Residential facility
- Homebound or Hospital placement
(5) Least restrictive environment.–
- and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
(c) Unless the IEP of a child with a disability requires some other arrangement, the child is educated in the school that he or she would attend if not disabled;
(d) In selecting the LRE, consideration is given to any potential harmful effect on the child or on the quality of services that he or she needs;