Ways to Make Sure Students with Disabilities Can Safely Attend School In-Person
April 4, 2022
A new letter to educators and parents from the Education Secretary discusses ways that schools and parents can work together to make sure students with disabilities -- who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 complications -- can safely attend school in-person
It discusses current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance as well as Federal guidance and resources available on preventing COVID-19 including vaccination, testing, masking, and improved ventilation. The letter also makes clear that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act's reasonable modification requirement could require some masking of students and staff when needed to make sure that students with disabilities have equal access to in-person learning without facing an increased risk of hospitalization or death due to COVID-19.