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Liability protection for schools dies in the Senate Judiciary Committee

Legislation that shielded schools from liability because of transmission of COVID-19 cases at school died in the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of last month. The legislature adjourned before Assembly Bill 1384 (“AB 1384”) was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. As a result, schools will not have legal protection if sued because of […]

Proposed Bill Seeks to Remove Limits on Classroom Recording

The 2020-2021 school year has presented historical challenges for school districts across the nation.  One challenge specific to California school districts is the reconciliation of new State-mandated distance learning requirements contained in Assembly Bill (“AB”) 77 with California Education Code section 51512, which prohibits the unauthorized recording and use of electronic listening devices in the […]

Distance Learning Implementation: Legislative and Executive Guidance on Education in the 2020-2021 School Year

On June 29, 2020 Senate Bill 98 (“SB 98”) was signed into law by Governor Newsom. While SB 98 is a budget bill and outlines school funding throughout the state of California for the 2020-2021 school year, it also provides distance learning standards for local educational agencies (“LEA”) to implement as the unprecedented 2020-2021 school […]

AB 1384 Aims to Address COVID-19 Liability Concerns as School Districts Prepare for a New School Year

As local educational agencies (LEAs) throughout the state continue to plan for the complicated transition back to school in the fall, the question of liability from COVID-19 related harm looms large. AB 1384, recently introduced by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D- Long Beach), aims to address this liability issue and allow LEAs to focus on providing […]

Determining the Extent to Which Students with Disabilities are Entitled to Compensatory Education Services Due to COVID-19 Related School Closures

Based upon the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019, most recently updated March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education developed a document entitled, Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak dated […]

School District Construction Projects During the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the role of schools in the community has been drastically changed to meet the needs of students and adjust to the crisis. Amongst the areas of school district operations put in question is the status of school construction projects. The actions taken by the state officials and some county officials are […]

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