USDE Provides Guidance Regarding Distance Learning and FAPE (March 21, 2020)

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the US Department of Education (USDE) has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students and staff, educators can use distance learning opportunities to serve all students.