Least Restrictive Environment


Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Our goal is to educate children with disabilities in their zoned schools alongside their more typically developing peers whenever possible. Therefore, the IEP team must first consider whether your child's needs can be met in a general education class. Other settings, such as small special classes or special schools, are considered only if your child would not be able to make meaningful progress in a general education class, even with the help of supports and services.

The continuum of services that we offer to students with disabilities is described below. In order to meet the unique needs of individual students, the services may be used in combination and may be used for the full day or only for certain subjects. For example, your child may need the support of a special education teacher in a small group for one or two subject areas, but may be able to participate in a general education class for the rest of the day. The special educator can also work with your child's general education teacher to help meet your child's needs in the general education classroom. Schools must also provide students with the opportunity to participate in extracurricular and non-academic activities (e.g., physical education, recess, after-school) with non-disabled students.


General Education with Declassification Services

If your child has been declassified from special education, there are services that may be provided to him or her.

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General Education with Supplementary Aids
and Services

These are services and other supports that are provided in both general education classes or other settings that are more restrictive.

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Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS)

Specially designed and/or supplemental instruction provided by a special education teacher can help your child stay in the general education classroom.

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Integrated Co-Teaching

Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms include students with and without disabilities and have two teachers, a general education teacher and a special education teacher.

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Special Class Services

Special Class Services are services provided for children with disabilities who are grouped together in a classroom on a full or part-time basis.

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State Supported Schools

New York State supports some schools that provide intensive special education services to children who are deaf, blind or who have severe emotional or physical disabilities and who are determined by an IEP Team to be eligible for this type of program.

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Home and Hospital Instruction

These are educational services provided to children with disabilities who are unable to attend school for an extended period of time.

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