Placement Support


    The Special Education Placement Options Portal in MiSiS is a tool to be used by IEP team administrators to support preparatory research activities when planning for an IEP Meeting for K-12 students. Staff with access to the Special Education Placement Options Portal should use the portal to request, reserve, and confirm placement options. Confirmation of placement option occurs at the conclusion of the IEP after FAPE is offered.

    All elementary school site administrators and/or APEIS should have access to the Special Education Placement Options Portal. Elementary school site administrators who need access to the Special Education Placement Options Portal should contact their Local District Special Education Administrator for training and access.

    Secondary school site administrators, Charter Operated Programs, Non-Public School Support staff members, and IDR/Due Process staff who may not be able to process the request in the Special Education Placement Options Portal should use the following link to request program options:

    To request alternative interim placement pending expulsion, use the following link:


    Please consult your Special Education Service Center (SESC) for guidance in requesting nonpublic school (NPS) placement consideration or nonpublic agency (NPA) service assignments.   



    Should you receive a 'redirect' notice, please continue by clicking the form link again.  It is recommended that each link provided be bookmarked for continued use.  The Preschool and Expulsion links are also accessible at the top of the K-12 form.  Please allow up to ten school days for K-12 and Preschool processing.  


    In accordance with federal and state laws and special education regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 2004, the District is committed to serving all students with disabilities in the educational placement that is determined to be the least restrictive environment (LRE) by the IEP team. While the majority of students have needs that can be met at the school of residence, in rare circumstances, the school of residence may not appear to be an appropriate educational environment.


    In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 300.114 (a) (2), “Each public agency must ensure that –
    (i) To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled; and
    (ii) Special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.”
    SESC-Operations highly trained Program Specialists assist IEP teams with reviewing FAPE options available within LAUSD in order to meet the individual educational needs of the students with disabilities. For more information parents may request to discuss placement options with an IEP team at the student’s current school of attendance. School staff may use the following resources for more information and guidance.

    The purpose of this Bulletin is to articulate the Los Angeles Unified School District’s policy regarding the required procedures for determining the educational placement of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE).