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Questions and Answers on Civil Rights and School Reopening

From the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights: Questions and Answers on Civil Rights and School Reopening in the COVID-19 Environment. Helping schools reopen safely and in ways that support equity among students is a top priority for the Department of Education. The purpose of this Q&A is to help students, families, schools, and the public support all students’ rights in educational environments, including in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions, during the COVID-19 pandemic.This question and answers (Q&A) document provides answers to common questions about schools’ responsibilities under the civil rights laws the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces.2 These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age by state and local recipients of Federal financial assistance.

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