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 COVID-19 & Online Learning Risks From Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, Arizona’s Education Lawyers First, it is important to distinguish between distance learning an online learning.  Not all distance learning is online.  Online learning is learning on the computer; it is one aspect of distance learning.  Distance learning can be on-line – synchronous or recorded – and it can be papers and projects, audio, or anything remote that is not brick-and-mortar. Risk of on-line instruction revolve around…
From Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity or expression (masculine, feminine, other) is different from their sex (male, female) at birth.  Gender identity refers to one’s internal understanding of one’s own gender, or the gender with which a person identifies. Gender expression is a term used to describe people’s outward presentation of their gender.  Gender identity and sexual orientation are different facets of identity. Everyone has a gender identity and a…
  Child Find  Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq. and Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.Ed., Esq. Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC 8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 250 Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 (480) 585-0600 www.azspecialeducationlawyers.com All children with disabilities, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the State – and children with disabilities attending private schools – regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, must…
Just released Augsut 6, 2020: AZ Department of Health Services (“ADHS”) guidance on SAFELY RETURNING TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION  https://www.azdhs.gov/documents/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-safely-return-to-in-person-instruction.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3PUUaCdY8cfV3vt9Mi-dr5s3IrlWHA9KMC7D16TDUMOvp6ZFkXVdz1l44 Suffice to say that the recommendation from ADHS is that school districts and charter schools do not open their schools for in-person instruction until certain benchmarks are met, including a county-wide decline for two weeks, or two weeks with new case rates below 100 per 100,000 people. If you look at the ADHS website dashboard, that…
Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-51 today, July 23, 2020, ARIZONA: OPEN FOR LEARNING, allowing each school district and charter school to make its own decisions for delivering educational services, whether in-person / brick & mortar and/or distance learning, and that schools must provide distance learning on the first day of their regular school year calendar even if they delay in-person school.  If schools do not return to physical buildings for teacher-led insruction, they MUST…
New guidance from the US Department of Education.  In this Supplemental Fact Sheet, the US Department of Ed reaffirms the rights of students to receive educational instruction and related services under federal special education law during the COVID-19 pandemic, although it may need to be provided remotely.  This Fact Sheet has examples of how schools and educators can deliver educational services. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/frontpage/faq/rr/policyguidance/Supple%20Fact%20Sheet%203.21.20%20FINAL.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONOffice for Civil Rights Office for Special Education and…