COVID-19 Updates 

On March 15, Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-09, which closed public schools for students and non-essential employees through March 31st. The governor will issue an additional executive order to extend the K-12 school closures through the month of April in the coming days.

Important Links

Alliance Staff Contact Information:

SC Department of Education Updates on COVID-19: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/

Executive Orders issued by SC Governor Henry McMaster: https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control: scdhec.gov/COVID19

COVID-19 and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the ADA" on 3/21/20 to include information regarding COVID-19.  The updated guidance can be found by clicking HERE.

Carol Aust, Executive Director
Cell: 843-714-0734
[email protected]

Joe Bowers, Dir. of Operations
Cell: 843-297-5004
[email protected]

Margaret Dullanty, Esq., Dir. of Legal Services
Cell: 843-237-4120
[email protected]

Patti Rubenzer, Dir. of School Development
Cell: 864-814-9620
[email protected]

 

FOIA During COVID-19

For posting on FOIA page of website if it has one:
___________School is closed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. During this state-mandated closure, there will be a delay in responding to requests under the South Carolina Open Records Act. ______________School will process requests once it reopens. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.
Schools should still respond to individual requests within the ten day time-frame (by auto-reply if available),  stating the school is subject to a state-mandated closure, school employees may not have access to responsive documents because of the closure,  and the school will process the request once it reopens.

Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA)

In regards to FERPA, The Department of Education issued guidance, CLICK HERE to read.

This includes links to the two recent sources issued by the Department of Education. The first, on virtual learning, refers to prior resources and letters addressing videos, online educational tools, and classroom observations.  The second addresses sharing student information with health officials and parents.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FMLA Paid Leave and Emergency Paid Leave)

On Wednesday, March 18, President Trump signed into law “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201). It becomes effective within 15 days and includes two provisions aimed at reducing the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on workers: Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Public Health Emergency Leave, an FMLA expansion that includes paid leave. Both provisions apply to government employers of any size, and are available only under specific circumstances.

Please find the DOL explanation of these changes here https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

Please email your school attorney with specific questions about this new legislation.

Information Regarding Copyright Resources and Issues in Digital Learning:

  1. JK Rowling granted an open license for teachers to post videos of themselves reading aloud from the "Harry Potter" books while students are cooped up at home and schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
    The bestselling author and her agents The Blair Partnership announced in a Friday post that they are relaxing the usual copyright permissions, thereby allowing educators to upload videos of them reading the texts from the seven "Harry Potter" books onto schools' secure networks or closed educational platforms until the end of the school year.

  2. Here is a link to a blog about books that entered the public domain this year, and, therefore, there would not be a copyright issue:
    Class of 2020: New in the Public Domain today!
    Our top pick of those whose works, on 1st January 2020, enter the public domain in many countries around the world.
    publicdomainreview.org

  3. Here's another resource listing various publishers' guidelines on using their works online. SLJ says it will keep updating the page.
    www.schoollibraryjournal.com/...

  4. The TEACH Act was created to better facilitate online learning and was designed to specifically address some of these issues.

*Please contact your school attorney for specific advice regarding copyright questions.