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Masks and the Rights of Students with Disabilities

Masks and the Rights of Students with Disabilities

As COVID-19 continues to affect education, school district decisions about mask policies and exemptions have resulted in lawsuits about the rights of students with disabilities. The claims arise under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of...

Employee Vaccinated Religion Exemption Requests

Employee Vaccinated Religion Exemption Requests

As vaccine mandates for employees become more common, employers are seeing a spike in religious exemption requests. While some employees may have a legitimate medical reason for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, under Title VII employers must accommodate an employee’s...

TikTok Challenges on the Rise

TikTok Challenges on the Rise

Social media is a powerful tool often used to influence others - and not always for the good. Reports have surfaced across the country of school vandalism from students participating in the "devious lick" challenge circulating on TikTok. As if teachers didn't have...

Guidance of IDEA Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance of IDEA Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education’s (DoE) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued a dear colleague letter on August 24 reiterating its commitment that children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and...

School Mask Mandate Updates – September

School Mask Mandate Updates – September

U.S. DOE’s Office for Civil Rights Enters the Fray by Initiating Discrimination Investigations Against States with Mask Prohibitions On Monday, August 30, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened investigations into five states that...

School Mask Mandate Updates

U.S. DOE’s Office for Civil Rights Enters the Fray by Initiating Discrimination Investigations Against States with Mask Prohibitions On Monday, August 30, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened investigations into five states that...

Regulations help explain use of ESSER and GEER funds

ESSER/GEER guidance highlights In late May, The U.S. Department of Education released guidance to states and school districts about the use of the multiple federal funds authorized for pandemic response and relief. A review of this guidance clarifies some questions...