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 (DHH) could attend. When an IEP team makes the decisions about placement, the team must consider the continuum of services for students who are DHH. 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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