December 2015

SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD ADVISORY

From: James P. DeLorenzo, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education, Renee Rider, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Student Support Services
Subject: Special Education Itinerant Services (SEIS) for Preschool Children with Disabilities.

The purpose of this memorandum is to seek the immediate attention of parents, school districts and communities to maximize participation of students with disabilities in general education programs and to ensure that students with disabilities are being provided with opportunities to receive high-quality instruction in the LRE. Specifically, the Department recommends that each school district:
1. engage in a district and school data review and analysis relating to LRE;
2. ensure that full continuum of special education programs and services are available for all students with disabilities; and
3. assess and address the extent to which each of their schools provides “high-quality inclusive settings” as defined in this memorandum.

PDF Version of Complete Memo: School Districts’ Responsibilities to Provide Students with Disabilities with Specially-Designed Instruction and Related Services in the Least Restrictive Environment