DEFINITION: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) – Placement must allow the student to be educated with non-disabled students to the greatest extent appropriate for the student regardless of the student’s disability. For some students, this means that they will be educated in the general education classroom, but for others it will mean that they are with non-disabled students only for certain periods of time such as lunch, recess, or a particular class.
According to Article 7
1. To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities, including students in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with nondisabled students.
2. Special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of students from the general education environment occurs only if the nature and severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes using supplementary aids and services cannot be satisfactorily achieved.
3. The CCC determines the placement in which a student will receive services.