Appropriate program alternatives to meet the special education needs, goals, and objectives of a pupil must be determined on an individual basis. Choice of specific program alternatives must be based on the pupil's current levels of performance, pupil special education needs, goals, and objectives, and must be written in the IEP. Program alternatives are comprised of the type of services provided, the setting in which services occur, and the amount of time and frequency in which special education services occur. A pupil may receive special education services in more than one alternative based on the IEP or IFSP.
There are two types of special education services: direct and indirect.
There are three types of settings: home, district early childhood special education (ECSE) classroom, and community-based programs.
Home includes the home of the pupil and parent or relative, or a licensed family child care setting in which the pupil is placed by the parent.
District ECSE classroom includes classrooms that are located in district schools or community center buildings housing elementary students or preschool-aged children who do not have disabilities.
Community-based programs include licensed public or private nonsectarian child care programs other than a family child care setting, licensed public or private nonsectarian early education programs, community cultural centers, Head Start programs, and hospitals. A school district must provide direct or indirect special education services by district special education staff to a pupil attending a community-based program.
October 12, 2007
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