2019 US Virgin Islands Code
Title 17 - Education
Chapter 24 - Education of the Disabled
§ 283. Full educational opportunity for children with disabilities

  • (a) All children with disabilities residing in the Virgin Islands shall have a right to a free and appropriate public education which shall include a continuum of placements ranging from full inclusion, partial inclusion, itinerant teaching, resource room, related services, separate classes, separate schools, homebound instruction and instruction in a hospital or other institutional setting.

  • (b) To the maximum extent practicable, children with disabilities shall be educated along with children who are non-disabled and placed in regular educational settings using the same curricula as their non-disabled peers, with modifications as needed to meet their individual, specialized educational needs. Impediments to learning and to integration into the regular school environment, to the maximum degree appropriate, shall be overcome by the provision of specialized services and supplemental services, aids and modifications to the curricula, rather than by separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment. Special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment shall occur only when, and to the extent that the nature of the severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes, even with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved.

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