Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

DeVos Secretary Releases New Resources for Educators, local leaders on K-12 flexibilities, the privacy of the student, and educate students with disabilities during Coronavirus Outbreak March 12, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
  • WASHINGTON - secretary of education Betsy DeVos issued new resources today that will assist education leaders in protecting the privacy of the student and ensure that students with disabilities will continue to receive services required under the individuals with disabilities education Act (IDEA) in the case of school closures due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Department of Education also launched importantinformation for K-12 educators on flexibilities of the Department could provide when it comes to standards of accountability required by law under the Law of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

    The new student orientation privacy provides clarity about the requirements of the Law on Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) with respect to the outbreak COVID-19. For example, it is advisable to school authorities in working with public health officials to manage problems-19-related COVID while protecting the privacy of student academic records.

    In addition, the Department has published a fact sheet for K-12 schools on their considerations assessments and accountability must be closed a school for an extended period. If a school is unable to meet certain benchmarks, due to the closure of absenteeism or school, the Department would consider a targeted one-year exemption so that the rate of participation or absenteeism metric does not take into account indicator academic performance of the school.

    in order to ensure that students with disabilities will continue to receive services guaranteed by IDEA and Section 504, the Department has published a document Q and for state and local education authorities. This information provides answers to common questions that schools have about when and how to provide instruction, including when to consider using online instruction or virtual and other activities based instructional program.

    "We are working closely with our interagency partners to provide state and local leaders the information they need to ensure the health and safety of students and educators," said Secretary of DeVos. "We will continue to work with them and provide them with the flexibility they need in order to better support their communities."

    This announcement is the latest step in the ongoing effort of the Department to help students, teachers, and leaders education as part of, unprecedented response of the overall management of the whole of the government for the viral outbreak . It follows the guidance published in early-to institutions of higher education and a letter in protecting civil rights in schools during this time of concern.

    The CDC has issued interim guidance to help K-12 schools and child care programs and plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. See Interim Guidance for managers of US child care programs and K-12 schools to plan, prepare and respond to disease Coronavirus 2019 available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community / schools-childcare / guidance schools.html.

    Additional guidance will be released in the coming days and recorded in ed.gov/coronavirus

    For more information about the coronavirus, please visit :. Https: //www.cdc. gov / coronavirus / 2019-ncov / index.html.

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