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Special Announcement from the US Department of Education

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 OUTBREAK
MARCH 2020
On March 12, the US Department of Education issued guidance to schools regarding the provision of services to children with disabilities during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

This memo addresses the following question:

Is an LEA required to continue to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities during a school closure caused by a COVID-19 outbreak?

• Excerpt from memo: “If an LEA closes its schools to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, and does not provide any educational services to the general student population, then an LEA would not be required to provide services to students with disabilities during that same period of time.”

• Excerpt from memo “If an LEA continues to provide educational opportunities to the general student population during a school closure, the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have equal access to the same opportunities, including the provision of FAPE. (34 CFR §§ 104.4, 104.33 (Section 504) and 28 CFR § 35.130 (Title II of the ADA)).”

The memo addresses many other questions as well.

Download the full text here

Mark Joraanstad, Executive Director
Arizona School Administrators

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