ADA Compliance

Read: Mass. Lawmakers Push to Amend Building Codes to Allow Barricade Locks

Mass. Lawmakers Push to Amend Building Codes to Allow Barricade Locks

Massachusetts school districts can apply for a variance from local inspectors to install the devices, most of which violate ADA and NFPA codes.

Read: Next Level Crisis Planning for Students with Disabilities

Next Level Crisis Planning for Students with Disabilities

When doing access or functional needs crisis planning, let go of labels or diagnoses and concentrate on practical abilities or disabilities that pertain to emergency response.

Read: Conducting Site Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Conducting Site Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Access or functional needs (AFN) site assessments should cover landscaping, architecture and security, as well as indicators of how well people appreciate, support and communicate with each other, and how functional the school is as a center of teaching and learning.

Read: Classroom Safety: More Than Just the Door

Classroom Safety: More Than Just the Door

When addressing classroom security, also take into consideration protocols, windows, training, visitor management, and emergency plans.

Read: Oxford Shooting Update: A Warning About Non-Code-Compliant Door Barricade Devices

Oxford Shooting Update: A Warning About Non-Code-Compliant Door Barricade Devices

Most door barricade devices don’t comply with ADA and NFPA codes. They also pose other major risks.

Read: Dept. of Ed OCR Announces Resolution of 3 Discipline, Sexual Harassment and Disability Harassment Investigations

Dept. of Ed OCR Announces Resolution of 3 Discipline, Sexual Harassment and Disability Harassment Investigations

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, Alpine SD in Utah, and Allegheny Valley SD were all being investigated by OCR for a variety of violations.

Read: Fleet Management: Creating an Inclusive Campus Through Accessible Transportation

Fleet Management: Creating an Inclusive Campus Through Accessible Transportation

By providing accessible transportation services such as wheelchair-accessible shuttles and on-demand transit solutions, universities can remove barriers for students with mobility challenges.

Read: Grand Jury Report Slams San Joaquin County School Safety Planning

Grand Jury Report Slams San Joaquin County School Safety Planning

The grand jury measured all 14 school districts’ preparedness against leading practices through interviews, site visits, and expert witness testimony.

Read: UPDATE: Newport News Teacher Shot by 6-Year-Old Student Has Resigned

UPDATE: Newport News Teacher Shot by 6-Year-Old Student Has Resigned

The Richneck teacher’s last day was Monday. She was shot in the hand and chest and has gone through multiple surgeries.

Read: Masks Can Be Required for Classmates, Teachers of 12 Virginia Students with Disabilities

Masks Can Be Required for Classmates, Teachers of 12 Virginia Students with Disabilities

The recent settlement also says schools must take reasonable steps to accommodate parents who don’t want their children to wear a mask.

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