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"On the Basis of Sex" Interpreted: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protected Under Title IX

On June 16, 2021, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notice of Interpretation [1] explaining that discrimination “on the basis of sex” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) encompasses both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Significant Changes to Independent Study for the New School Year

The 2021-2022 Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill (Trailer Bill) includes significant short-term and long-term changes to independent study. (See Ed. Code, § 51745, et seq.) For the 2021-2022 school year only, school districts and county offices of education (COE) will be required to offer an independent study program to meet the educational needs of pupils.

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Face Coverings Still Required in Certain Circumstances under New Rules

The past two weeks have seen a flurry of changing guidance regarding the use of face masks at workplaces and schools.

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New Juneteenth Federal Holiday's Effect on California School Calendars

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation known as the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” which amends Title 5 of the United States Code, Section 6103 (“Section 6103”), designating June 19 as a new “legal public holiday” to be known as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

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SB 95 - COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95 into law.

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CDPH Guidance for Schools Creates Challenges and New Reopening Criteria

On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance (the Guidance) for all of California's local educational agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and private school

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Expiration of Expanded and Supplemental Leave under Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and AB 1867

In March of 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed by Congress.

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