WCASS Connection

August 4, 2022

Connecting and Learning

There are many great opportunities to learn with colleagues this month including:

This month’s update identifies two recent court decisions addressing various FAPE issues, including the foundational role of evaluations and, in the second case, the overlay of Section 504. For related publications and earlier monthly updates, see perryzirkel.com.


The following tasks need attention this month:

Policy, Guidance & Legislation

From CASE:

New Guidance Helps Schools Support Students with Disabilities and Avoid Discriminatory Use of Discipline

The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of new guidance from its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to help public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline.

These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery.

The guidance makes clear that schools do not need to choose between complying with Section 504 and IDEA and keeping their school community—including students and staff—safe.

All these documents can be found on the Department's School Climate and Student Discipline Resources