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Mental Health During COVID-19

Dealing with the drastic lifestyle changes caused by COVID-19 can be very stressful for both parents and students. In light of these changes, it is especially important that we protect our mental health and that of those around us. Parents may find our new normal overwhelming, having to now take on the role of being schoolteachers and counselors, especially as …

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Governor Newsom Discusses Outline to Reopen Schools

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom gave an address that outlined a plan to reopen California. On the four phases of reopening, California’s schools fall into the “Phase Two,” category of re-opening. He also mentioned opening some school districts as early as July or August in order to remediate learning that has been lost during this time. These early reopenings will likely …

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Department of Education Report: No Waivers to Students’ Rights

On April 27, 2020, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos submitted her report concerning waivers to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”). DeVos and the Department of Education (“Department”)  are not requesting waivers that would impact a student’s right to receive a free and appropriate public education in the least …

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Distance Learning Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities

With the statewide school closure being extended through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, many parents are looking for extra resources to supplement the distance learning programming provided by their school districts.  We at the Law Offices of Hirji & Chau want to help direct parents toward free, online resources that they can access during the school closures. We …

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Reimbursement for Privately Funded Services

The current school closures due to COVID-19 have left several families of children in special education wondering what options they have for ensuring that their child does not fall behind or regress in their academics or skills. Some families are wondering whether they may be entitled to reimbursement if they privately fund additional services, such as tutoring, or language and …

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Compensatory Education during COVID-19 School Closures

Both federal and state guidance provides that students with individualized educational plans (“IEPs”) may be entitled to compensatory education during school closures to make up for any skills that may have been lost. [1] Whether and to what extent compensatory services are owed must be made on an individual basis. The California Department of Education, provides that “educational need can …

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A Successful Campaign for the IDEA

The Law Offices of Hirji & Chau, spearheaded a successful campaign to send a petition of over 1000 supporters to write to Secretary DeVos calling for NO WAIVERS to the IDEA. You can find the updated letter and list of supporters, here.

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Governor Newsom: Scenarios for the Reopening of Schools

In today’s presentation, Governor Newsom discusses different scenarios for the reopening of schools. He seemed to imply that some precautions that could take place include removing recess, PE, and school assemblies. He talked about staggered schedules – some in the morning, some in the afternoon. These issues will be discussed and also negotiated with unions etc. There was no discussion of …