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IDEA Guidance Issued for Virtual Schools

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Virtual schools that are operated by states and districts fall under the same mandates as brick-and-mortar schools when it comes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, says new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

The "Dear Colleague Letter," issued Aug. 11, lays out points that states and districts must adhere to for their schools that provide classes online.

Among them: States have to make sure that virtual school students with disabilities are included in state testing and are offered appropriate accommodations or alternate assessments when necessary; and the rights and protections of students and their families under the IDEA "must not be diminished or compromised" if those students attend virtual schools.

Vol. 36, Issue 01, Page 4

Published in Print: August 24, 2016, as IDEA Guidance Issued for Virtual Schools
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