707 KAR 1:350. Placement decisions. Section 1. Placement Decisions. (1) An LEA shall ensure that to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children placed by the LEA in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled. The LEA shall ensure that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only if education in the regular education environment with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be satisfactorily achieved due to the nature or severity of the disability. (2) An LEA shall ensure that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services. (3) The continuum shall include the alternative placements of: (a) Instruction in regular classes; (b) Special classes; (c) Special schools; (d) Home instruction; and (e) Instruction in hospitals and institutions.(5) In determining the educational placement of a child with a disability, the LEA shall ensure that the placement decision is made by the ARC in conformity with the least restrictive environment provisions.
Students may receive specially designed instruction with supplementary aids and services in the general education classroom. A co-teaching model for instruction is one example for providing specially designed instruction in the general education classroom.
A resource room setting is a special education program for a student with a disability who needs specialized supplementary instruction (i.e., in addition to the student’s general education instruction) in an individual or small group setting for a portion of the school day. For example, a resource room program might be recommended for students who need specialized supplementary instruction in organization skills, reading, math, or the use of Braille. Special class means an instructional group consisting of students with disabilities who have been grouped together because of similar individual needs for the purpose of being provided specially designed instruction.
Specialized schools provide comprehensive special education services for students with disabilities particularly for those within certain disability groups.
Home/Hospital placement refers to a placement decision made by an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) after determining that the student’s home or hospital is the least restrictive environment to implement the student’s IEP due to a medical or mental health condition that prevents attendance at school.
Students in hospital settings might have physical or mental health challenges that require admission for an extended period of time.
707 KAR 1:350. Placement decisions. Section 1. Placement Decisions.(8) In selecting the least restrictive environment, consideration shall be given to any potential harmful effects on the child or on the quality of services that he needs