The Office for Civil Rights has just issued guidance as to how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to the use of student discipline. Its focus is the balancing that schools must do when considering providing for a student’s disability-based behaviors on the one hand, and maintaining an appropriate and safe learning environment for all students on the other.
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Schools should establish a process for parents to request an exemption from the mask mandate. Upon receipt of such a request, a school team must convene.
Both federal agencies acknowledged the challenges faced by students, families, teachers and schools during this time. Community and student needs are continually changing. Nonetheless, schools must provide supports and services to students so that they receive a free appropriate public education as required under IDEA as well as Section 504.
School Boards and staff continue to monitor ever-changing guidance from state agencies regarding health, safety and educational concerns related to the impending start of school.
Services to be provided to students identified as eligible under the IDEA and Section 504 continue to be applicable during the time that schools are closed.