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Placement

Continuum of alternative placements

What The Law Says

 (a) Each public agency must ensure that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services.
(b) The continuum required in paragraph (a) of this section must—
(1) Include the alternative placements listed in the definition of special education under § 300.38 (instruction in regular classes, special classes, special schools, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions); and

(2) Make provision for supplementary services (such as resource room or itinerant instruction) to be provided in conjunction with regular class placement. 34 CFR 300.115

What The Law Means

Each school district must have a range of alternative special education placements available including:

Schools must provide for supplementary services like resource rooms or itinerant instruction to be used with instruction in regular classes.


What Needs To Be Done

The district must have a range of alternative placements available, including:

School districts must provide for supplementary services, like resource rooms or itinerant instruction, to be used with instruction in regular classes.


What Parents Need to Know or Do

Each district must have a range of options available to be able to implement the IEPs for all children in the district.

 

School districts must provide for supplementary services, like resource rooms or itinerant instruction, to be used with instruction in regular classes.