Continuum of Services

Continuum of Special Education Placement Services:

General education classroom with special education and related services provided during the instructional day.

This level of services is typically provided to a student who is working at or near grade level.  The individual needs of the student may include consultation and collaboration between special education teacher and general education teacher regarding differentiated instruction, materials and behavior, related services to support learning, accommodations and/or modifications to the curriculum and direct reinforcement or remediation instruction for 0-20% of the instructional day from special education services.  This level of service is available in all schools.

At the preschool level, these services may include early childhood general education programs.

At the middle and high school level, these services may include resource room study hall to support the curriculum and/or co-taught classes.  Co-taught classes are defined as a general education teacher and a special education teacher planning lessons according to the general education curriculum and IEP needs of the students in the class.  The class enrollment is made up of students with and without disabilities.

 

Resource room with special education and related services provided outside the general education classroom during the instructional day.

This level of services is typically provided to a student who is working below grade level or needs intensive small group instruction in order to academically progress.  The individual needs of the student may include direct instruction solely in the areas below grade level, reinforcement to general education instruction, behavioral support, related services to support learning, accommodations and modifications to the curriculum and consultation and collaboration between special education teacher and general education teacher for differentiated instruction, materials and behavior for 21-60% of the instructional day from special education.  This level of service is available in all schools.

At the preschool level these services may include a special education preschool classroom or phonological language groups with typical peer models.

At the middle and high school level these services may include resource room study hall to support the curriculum and remedial special education classes taught by highly qualified special education teachers.

 

Separate classroom in a general education school building with special education and related services provided outside the general education classroom during the instructional day.

This level of service is typically provided to a student who is working below grade level and/or needs intensive small group instruction in many areas in order to academically progress.  The individual needs of the student may include specialized direct instruction for academics and functional life skills.  This student is receiving special education services, related services, accommodations and modifications to the curriculum, consultation and collaboration between special education teacher and general education teacher for differentiated instruction, materials and behavior for 61% or more of the instructional day.  This level of service is available in all schools.

At the middle school and high school level these services may include resource room study hall to support the curriculum, remedial special education classes taught by highly qualified special education teachers and/or vocational programs such as in-school vocational training, community based instruction and cooperative work program.

This level of services is also available for students who have disabilities that programming needs to focus on life skills such as functional academics, communication, self help skills, daily living skills, socialization, motor skills, pre-vocational skills and recreation and leisure activities may access low incident/self contained classrooms.  Life skills are provided in the school environment along with community outings.  Students are mainstreamed into general education classes and school activities as determined in IEP.  These classrooms are staffed with a licensed special education teacher and trained paraprofessional staff to meet the individual needs of students.  Classroom support staff includes speech and language therapist, augmentative and assistive technology staff, occupational therapist, physical therapist and adaptive PE teacher.  There are low incident/self contained classrooms at all age levels, preschool – high school, throughout the school districts.

 

Separate public or nonpublic nonresidential school or facility with special education and related services provided.

This level of service is typically provided to students who have been unsuccessful in the previous levels of service in their home school.  These types of programs will be located outside of the school setting.  Middle school and high school alternative education sites focus on core academics, social skills and emotional development.  Appropriateness of alternative education site for the student will be reviewed every 60 days.

 

Public or nonpublic residential school or facility with special education and related services provided to students living at the school or facility.

This level of service is typically provided to students who have been unsuccessful in the previous levels of service in their home school or alternative educational site.

 

Homebound or hospital setting with special education and related services provided at the student’s home, a hospital, or other noneducational site selected by the public agency.

This level of service is typically provided to a student who is unable to attend public school due to medical reasons as documented by a physician.  A student may also be considered for homebound services due to behavioral needs.  Appropriateness of homebound services for the student will be reviewed every 60 instructional days.