The United States Department of Education's (DOE) Office for Civil Rights recently released a guidance document: Questions and Answers on Civil Rights and School Reopening in the COVID-19 Environment. The guide provides some answers to common questions about schools' responsibilities under the civil rights laws with an emphasis on the different situations that have occurred or may occur with special education students.
The deadline for districts to file blended learning declarations for the 2021-22 school year is July 1, 2021. As districts are considering their options to best serve students next year, one important factor is understanding the extent to which students can access learning from home.
There have been a few important new guidance documents issued from the Ohio Departments of Education (ODE) and Health (ODH). Here’s a quick overview of their key elements.
ODH guidance document
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On July 20, the Ohio Controlling Board approved requests to appropriate $100 million additional CARES Act funding for K-12 schools. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the CARES Act and is separate from the $440 million recently allocated from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund.
The Ohio Departments of Health (ODH) and Education (ODE) have prepared guidance documents for school districts to use as they plan for the 2020-21 school year. One question that has been raised about the documents is whether school districts are required to implement the elements discussed or whether they are merely recommendations.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education made two announcements that will affect the legal landscape once implemented.
On February 15, Ohio school districts received a guidance document from the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Office of Educator Licensure designed to help schools and teachers meet the new July 1