Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

As the prevalence of children with special needs attending public schools grows, it is increasingly important that families understand the mandates driving education-related decision-making.  Education teams often discuss “Least Restrictive Environment”, but what does this mean?

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-Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is a package of supports and services, rather than a “place”.  A continuum of services and supports provided to a student is based on the unique needs of each child and should be provided within the general education setting as much as possible. LRE, which is part of a foundation of educational best practice, is based on a philosophy of inclusion.  This philosophy mirrors PCBDD’s mission and values, and serves as PCBDD’s guiding vision for its role in education supports. PCBDD is currently exploring how best to shift resources and look beyond the walls of its traditional classrooms at Brooks-Yates School to share its specialized skills in school districts.  Sharing expertise will ensure that students are educated in their Least Restrictive Environment.



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