Note: The policies in the EHBA series are statements of principles governing special education programs for Texas school districts. In no way are these policies intended to cover the entire scope and detail involved in administering any special education program.


Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

  1. Have been provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and without charge;
  2. Meet standards set out by the Texas Education Agency (TEA);
  3. Include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education; and
  4. Are provided in conformity with the student's individualized education program (IEP).

Least Restrictive Environment


Instructional Arrangements and Settings

  1. Mainstream: providing services in a regular classroom;
  2. Homebound: providing services at home or hospital bedside;
  3. Hospital class: providing services in a classroom, hospital facility, or residential care and treatment facility not operated by a district;
  4. Speech therapy: providing speech therapy services in a regular education classroom or other setting;
  5. Resource room/services: providing services in a setting other than the regular classroom for less than 50 percent of the regular school day;
  6. Self-contained (mild, moderate, or severe) regular campus: providing services to a student who is in a self-contained program for 50 percent or more of the regular school day on a regular school campus;
  7. Off-home campus: providing services to nondistrict students in a single location, through district personnel at a nondistrict facility, or at a district campus that provides only special education and related services;
  8. Nonpublic day school: providing services through a contractual agreement with a nonpublic school for special education;
  9. Vocational adjustment class/program: providing services to a student who is placed on a job (paid or unpaid) with regularly scheduled direct involvement by special education personnel in the implementation of the student's IEP;
  10. Residential care and treatment facility (not district resident): providing services to students who reside in care and treatment facilities and whose parents do not reside within the boundaries of the district; or
  11. State supported living center: providing services to a student who resides at a state supported living center when the services are provided at the state supported living center location.

Other Program Options

Related Services


Extended School Year Services

Off-Campus Program

Program Provider

  1. A county system operating under application of former law as provided in Education Code 11.301;
  2. A regional education service center established under Education Code, Chapter 8;
  3. A nonpublic day school; or
  4. Any other public or private entity with which a school district enters into a contract under Education Code 11.157, for the provision of special education services in a facility other than a district campus operated by a district.

Program Placement

  1. An onsite review to ensure that the off-campus program is appropriate for meeting the student's educational needs; and
  2. A meeting of the student's ARD committee to develop an IEP for the student in accordance with 34 C.F.R. 300.320–.325, state statutes, and commissioner of education rules in 19 Administrative Code Chapter 89 (Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services).

Notification and Review


Funding Procedures


Change of Residence

Wells ISD



DATE ISSUED: 7/4/2020