Each special education local plan area shall ensure that a continuum of program options is available to meet the needs of individuals with exceptional needs for special education and related services, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and federal regulations.
A full continuum of program options is available for educational placement of students with exceptional needs. Program options provide a spectrum of educational offerings, which range from regular classroom alternatives to the special site structured to deliver intense and specialized services. The Individualized Education Program team remains the primary decision-making body in determining the individual needs of students and the appropriate placement for them. Every effort is made to ensure that special education students have access to state determined frameworks and standards, and participation in academic and extra-curricular activities.
The continuum of program options shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following or any combination of the following:
(a) Regular education,
(b) A resource specialist program,
(c) Designated instruction and services,
(d) Special classes and centers,
(e) Nonpublic, nonsectarian school services,
(f) State special Schools
(g) Instruction in settings other than classrooms where specially designed instruction may occur,
(h) Itinerant instruction in classrooms, resource room, and settings other than classrooms where specially designed instruction may occur to the extent required by federal law or regulation,
(i) Instruction using telecommunication and instruction in the home, in hospitals, and in other institutions to the extent required by federal law or regulation.