Special Education Services
Decisions regarding the type of special education services to be provided and the educational placement for the provision of such services are based upon a student's individual need. Students with disabilities are educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) that is most appropriate for them.
All decisions regarding the placement of a child with a disability in a special education service delivery model are made by the child’s IEP team in consultation with the parents or guardians of the child and consistent with the LRE requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A variety of special education service delivery models are available beginning with full participation in the general education classroom to the extent possible - often with the provision of supplementary aids and support - as determined by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.
Related Services are support services that may be required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from his or her special education program. If a student does not need special education, related services cannot be provided through an IEP. The student's related services needs are part of the IEP, which will specify the amount and type of service the student is to receive. Related services may include counseling services, speech or language, and hearing, transportation, assistive technology, physical and occupational therapy. Related services are available on a continuum of service delivery models, which include: consultation, classroom collaboration and/or therapy, and small group and individual therapy.