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Special Education: Continuum of Services and Least Restrictive Environment


The San Lorenzo Unified School District provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities found eligible to receive special education services.   

Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is set along this continuum:

  • General Education Classroom
  • Resource Specialist Program: the student receives special education services 50% or less of the school day
  • Special Day Class (SDC) in the District: the student receives special education services 51% or more of the school day
  • Special Day Class (SDC) outside the District
  • SELPA  Regional or Alameda County class
  • State approved nonpublic school (NPS)
  • All appropriate public school programs in the SELPA and/or County will be explored prior to consideration of placement in an NPS


The law requires that a student be placed in the least restrictive environment possible to effectively address his/her needs.  The intent is to have the student with special needs as much a part of the regular school program at his/her home school as possible, while giving consideration to the needs of exceptional and typically developing children participating in the program.