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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…
We are hoping everyone stays safe and healthy during the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). To meet the needs of our clients, and taking precautions, we are conducting meetings via ZOOM. It is also a great way to stay connected with family and friends. To learn more about ZOOM, watch this video.
A student cannot be declassified – exited from special education – without an evaluation.  If the evaluation indicates the student is no longer in need of special education, then the parents may exercise their right to request an Independent Educational Evaluation (“IEE”).  Schools need not accept/agree with the independent evaluator’s conclusions, but the school must considerthe conclusions  If the IEP Team still determines the student no longer qualifies, then the school issues a Prior Written…
CHILD FINDAll 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 be identified, located, and evaluated and a practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children with disabilities are currently receiving needed special education and related services. …
Here is a sample 504 Plan.  SCHOOL NAME Accommodation Plan Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Student:                                               School Year:   2019-2020 Conference Date:  Grade:  Teacher:  Parents:   Address: Phone:    Is there a documented physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits a major life activity?               Yes    <!–[if supportFields]> FORMCHECKBOX <![endif]–>…
Here is a sample 504 Plan.  SCHOOL NAME Accommodation Plan Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Student:                                               School Year:   2019-2020 Conference Date:  Grade:  Teacher:  Parents:   Address: Phone:    Is there a documented physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits a major life activity?               Yes    <!–[if supportFields]> FORMCHECKBOX <![endif]–>…