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Recent Additional Guidance Documents From ED, ISBE, IDPH, AND IDHS (October 15, 2020)

As the 2020-2021 school year is underway, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) continue to issue guidance documents concerning school districts’ obligations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read … Read more…

U.S. Department Of Education Issues Guidance On Complying With The IDEA And Other Civil Rights Laws During The COVID-19 Pandemic (September 30, 2020)

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs published a Question and Answer document concerning the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s requirements and providing services to students with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment. On the same day, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights also published a Question … Read more…

Recap of Latest COVID-19 Guidance for Starting The 2020-2021 School Year (August 21, 2020)

In the past week alone, the ISBE and IDPH have issued more than a half dozen guidance (or updated guidance) documents for schools. Within this constantly-evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public education, and as you embark on the 2020-2021 school year in your school district or cooperative, we thought it … Read more…

Final Regulations on the Use of Time Out, Isolated Time Out, and Physical Restraint and Corresponding ISBE Guidance (June 22, 2020)

Given the understandable focus on remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts and special education cooperatives have not been aware that effective April 9, 2020, final regulations on the use of time out, isolated time out, and physical restraint in Illinois schools were adopted. With one significant exception, the final rules are substantively … Read more…

Illinois Legislative Amendments to the School Code and Updated Guidance on Summer 2020 School Activities Following the Latest COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation (June 17, 2020)

Update: The Governor has signed SB 1569. The new law (known as Public Act 101-0643) is effective immediately. As a result, the SB 1569 requirements (explained in our legal update) are in effect. If you have questions regarding the amendments to the School Code and updated guidance on summer 2020 school activities, or other issues … Read more…

Key Action Items for Schools to Comply with Updated Title IX Regulations (May 15, 2020)

The U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) has provided school districts, special education cooperatives, and colleges and universities with another task for their summer “to-do” lists.  Following its year and a half of review of the 124,000 comments submitted in response to proposed regulations, the DOE released final amended Title IX implementing regulations on May 6, … Read more…