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Key Reminders on Student Enrollment, Discipline, Records, and Special Education During School Closures

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As the issues related to the mandated school closures in response to the COVID-19 crisis continue to rapidly evolve, the Governor extended the closure through April 7, and in all likelihood, Illinois schools will remain...more

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Special education continuation concerns

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Multiple pieces of guidance related to serving students with disabilities have been issued since Governor DeWine announced the closure of Ohio’s schools on March 12, 2020....more

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Pennsylvania School Code Revisions in Response to COVID-19

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On March 27, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 13 of 2020, significantly revising the Pennsylvania Public School Code. The new Section – “Pandemic of 2020” – addresses a variety of issues confronting local education...more

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Bureau of Special Education Issues Guidance on Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During COVID-19 Pandemic

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On March 25, 2020, the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE), issued guidance related to the implementation of continued educational opportunities for students with disabilities during...more

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COVID-19 Response - School Closures and Impact upon Special Education and Section 504 Students Frequently Asked Questions and...

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Effective March 16, 2020, all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary school buildings in Michigan were closed to students for educational purposes through April 5, 2020, to address the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan....more

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Department of Education Stresses Special Education Should Not Discourage Distance Learning Efforts

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently issued a “Supplemental Fact Sheet” updating its earlier Questions & Answers and Fact Sheet on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and clarifying that schools should not refrain...more

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Update on Coronavirus and Special Education at Home

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Federal education authorities likely will continue to issue guidance for school districts on how to handle special education during the COVID-19 pandemic, drilling down further each time to make the guidance more clear....more

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OCR Issues Guidance on Nondiscrimination in the Age of Distance Learning

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a fact sheet today entitled “Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students.” The fact sheet addresses various...more

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“How About Never!?” – COVID-19, School Closures, and Planning and Placement Team Meetings

There is a classic New Yorker cartoon in which an executive, discussing on the phone a possible meeting, says: “How about never – is never good for you?” This cartoon comes to mind when considering the requirement to hold...more

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Highlights from ISBE Special Education Guidance During the Mandated School Closure

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On March 18, 2020, ISBE issued guidance on providing special education during the current mandatory two-week school closure. While the guidance responds to some of the questions arising from this unprecedented situation,...more

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How to Implement Distance Learning and Still Comply with Existing State and Federal Laws

The Governor has now issued Executive Orders closing down restaurants, gyms and theaters through April 30. Gatherings are limited to those under 50 people, and President Trump suggested gatherings should be no greater than...more

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Special Education in the Age of the Coronavirus

Connecticut’s mandated closing of school districts up to March 31, 2020 in response to COVID-19 – more colloquially known as the Coronavirus – has left school districts struggling with how they can best continue to provide...more

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OSERS Issues Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019...

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On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued new guidance (the “Guidance”) to state and local educational agencies related to...more

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Coronavirus and Special Education at Home

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With public schools closed across the country in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, public school districts must take into account the laws and regulations concerning students with disabilities....more

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ISBE Guidance Aims to Relieve Confusion for Closing Schools

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Governor JB Pritzker’s recent order that all K-12 schools in Illinois be closed between March 17 and March 30 has left school districts scrambling to prepare to close school tomorrow. On Saturday, March 14, ISBE updated its...more

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Education Practice COVID-19 Update and FAQ

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As school district leaders continue to work through the unprecedented and ever-evolving impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hodgson Russ is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date legal analysis and practical...more

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In the Nick of Time—Special Education Timelines During School Closures for COVID-19

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In the wake of Governor Pritzker’s recent order requiring all Illinois schools to close between March 17 and March 30, many schools and school districts have been left guessing how to best serve students with disabilities and...more

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What If Your District Shuts Down and Cannot Meet the 180 School Day Minimum for Instruction?

As you are all aware, a basic educational requirement in the State of Connecticut is that each school district must make a minimum of 180 days of instruction available to students each school year. ...more

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Coronavirus Resources for Schools

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. Department of Education has released dedicated resources that will help schools navigate the coming weeks and months specific to topics such as special education and student...more

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Special Education Considerations For COVID-19 Interruptions

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In response to the threat to safety and health from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some school districts across the country have closed and others are contemplating closing or moving to a home-based program. Such...more

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Preparing for School Closures: Key Takeaways from New State Guidance and Special Education Considerations

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As school districts consider the potential for school closures related to COVID-19, many are grappling with issues regarding continuity of learning; how to satisfy the state law requirement that each school district make a...more

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Can Schools Limit Parents’ Hostile Speech: Federal Court Says Yes

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School personnel should expect to encounter a heated parent from time to time; parents are often understandably passionate about their children’s educations. But what happens when parental advocacy escalates from vigorous...more

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CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March 2020

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Dear Legal Mailbag: Recently, a 7th-grade special education teacher in my building began maternity leave. The other special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and tutors here have been picking up the slack because we...more

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Gold Dome Report - February 2020 #10

After hearing a State of the Judiciary Address from Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton focused on improving access to justice across the state and increasing cybersecurity in the courts, legislators embarked on...more

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Gold Dome Report - February 2020 #9

The Georgia House and Senate chambers were abuzz today as skies cleared and legislators continued to settle into a steady pace of floor action. ...more

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