Instructional Settings

Special education services are provided in a variety of instructional settings. Instructional settings are based on the percentage of time or number of periods that the student receives direct, regularly scheduled special education services as required by the Individual Educational Plan (IEP), and not on the student's disability. Instructional arrangements include the following options:

1. No Instructional Setting - When a special education setting is not appropriate, but special services are required, such as speech therapy or special transportation.

2. Mainstream - For students whose instruction and related services are provided in the regular education classroom with special education support.

3. Resource Room - For eligible students who need special education instruction and related services in a setting other than regular education for less than 50% of the student's day. This includes Content Mastery services that serve students with and without disabilities.

4. Self-Contained Classroom - For students who need special education instruction and related services for 50% or more of the student's school day on the regular school campus.

5. Vocational Adjustment Class - For students who are placed on a job with regularly scheduled supervision by special education teachers. This applies to full- or part-time job training/employment, as documented in a student's IEP.

6. Homebound - For eligible students who are served at home or hospital bedside. Students served on a homebound or hospital bedside basis are expected to be confined for a minimum of four consecutive weeks as documented by a physician.