Sec. 300.320(a)(7)

(7)The projected date for the beginning of the services and modifications described in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, and the anticipated frequency, location, and duration of those services and modifications.

This section details the agreed upon specifics to the delivery of services and consists of the listed parts below:

  • The name of the service

  • The primary provider

  • The setting the service will occur

  • The amount of time per session

  • The number of sessions

  • The frequency of the sessions (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly)

  • The number of weeks the service will occur during the annual year.

It is critical that the student receive the service indicated on the IEP. If a student has a goal for physical education/adapted physical education; he/she must have an APE service line.

Sample Narrative of Delivery of Service

Between April 15, 2019 and April 14, 2020, Samuel will receives adapted physical education services provided by a physical educator and/or adapted physical educator inside the general education setting. The service will be provided two times per week for 45 minutes each session over a period of 36 weeks.

Least Restrictive Environment (Placement)

A continuum of adapted physical education services provides students the opportunity to receive instruction in the least restrictive environment (LRE). LRE is defined as providing instruction to students with disabilities in the general education setting to the maximum extent appropriate. Students with disabilities should only be removed from the general education setting when they are unable to achieve a satisfactory education in that environment with supplemental aids and services based on the nature and severity of their disability (20 U.S.C. 1412 (a)(5)(A) Special Education).

Section 300.116(a)
The placement decision is made by a group of persons, including the parents, and other persons knowledgeable about the child, the meaning of the evaluation data, and the placement options; and is made in conformity with the LRE provisions of the subpart, including
§§300.114 through 300.118.

Section 300.116(b)

The child’s placement—

(1) Is determined at least annually;

(2) Is based on the child’s IEP; and

(3) Is as close as possible to the child’s home;

Section 300.327
Consistent with §300.501(c), each public agency must ensure that the parents of each child with a disability are members of any group that makes decisions on the educational placement of their child.

Section 300.503
Parents must be given written notice of a meeting and reasonable time before a public agency implements a proposal or refusal to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the child or the provision of FAPE to the child.

The Office of Special Education Programs provided a written response to Estavan, 25 IDELR 1211 in 1997 that indicated there is no requirement in IDEA that a student first fails in the regular classroom before a more supportive placement outside the general education setting can be considered. However, before a more restrictive placement can be considered, the IEP team must consider placement of the student in the regular classroom with appropriate supplementary aids and services. An individualized inquiry into the full range of supplementary aids and services must occur for each student, regardless of the nature or severity of the student’s disability.

The Office of Special Education Programs provided a written response to Trigg, 50 IDELR 48 in 2007 that indicated a school district cannot allow the lack of available special education services to dictate the student's placement on the least restrictive environment continuum.
The school district may not make placements based on factors such as the following:

  • category of disability;

  • the configuration of the delivery system;

  • the availability of space; or

  • administrative convenience.

Federal Register

  • Page 46585: The LRE requirement in §§ 300.114 through 300.117 express a strong preference, not a mandate, for educating children with disabilities in regular classes alongside their peers without disabilities.

  • Page 46586: each child’s educational placement must be determined on an individual case-by-case basis depending on each child’s unique educational needs and circumstances, rather than by the child’s category of disability, and must be based on the child’s IEP.

  • Page 46587: 300.116 is sufficiently clear that placement decisions must be based on the individual needs of each child with a disability. Public agencies, therefore, must not make placement decisions based on a public agency’s needs or available resources, including budgetary considerations and the ability of the public agency to hire and recruit qualified staff.

  • Page 46587: The overriding rule in § 300.116 is that placement decisions for all children with disabilities must be made on an individual basis and ensure that each child with a disability is educated in the school the child would attend if not disabled unless the child’s IEP requires some other arrangement. However, the Act does not require that every child with a disability be placed in the regular classroom regardless of individual abilities and needs. This recognition that regular class placement may not be appropriate for every child with a disability is reflected in the requirement that LEAs make available a range of placement options, known as a continuum of alternative placements, to meet the unique educational needs of children with disabilities. This requirement for the continuum reinforces the importance of the individualized inquiry, not a ‘‘one size fits all’’ approach, in determining what placement is the LRE for each child with a disability.

Continuum of Placement (Delivery of Service)

Section 300.115

Requires each public agency to ensure that a continuum of alternative placements (including instruction in regular classes, special classes, special schools, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions) is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services. This continuum of alternative placements is intended to ensure that a child with a disability is served in a setting where the child can be educated successfully in the LRE.

A strong preference within Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, is that students with disabilities are educated in the least restrictive environment. The lowest level of restriction to an environment is the neighborhood school in the general education setting. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) means to the maximum extent possible, each student with a disability must be educated with students without disabilities. This is unless the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in the general environment with the use of supplementary aids, program modifications, supports, and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Therefore, general physical education should always be considered as the first placement option. The flow chart below illustrates methods of delivery of service.

*Note: Some areas throughout the country provide unique learning settings that may not be listed on this sheet. It is important to explore the learning opportunities and settings provided in your specific local education agency (district, county, township, school).

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