What is “Placement” and what are placement options for students who are D/HH?
Placement is the least restrictive environment (LRE) in which the child receives special education and related services. There are different types of schools and programs that students who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) could attend. When an IEP team makes the decisions about placement, the team must consider the continuum of services for students who are D/HH. This continuum includes the different options where students can receive services. This includes placements such as
- a general education classroom,
- a general education classroom, with some services being delivered in a resource room,
- a self-contained classroom,
- a special education school,
- at home, and
- in a hospital or other public or private institution.
According to Chapter 1003.57, Florida Statute (F.S.):
c. “Regular class” means a class in which a student spends 80 percent or more of the school week with nondisabled peers.
d. “Resource room” means a classroom in which a student spends between 40 percent to 80 percent of the school week with nondisabled peers.
e. “Separate class” means a class in which a student spends less than 40 percent of the school week with nondisabled peers.
See below for the D/HH Continuum of Services from the Florida’s Educational Opportunities for Students with Sensory Impairments booklet:
See more under the FAQ “What is the LRE for students who are D/HH?”
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