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Littman Krooks partner Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., and partner Marion M. Walsh, Esq., discuss how students, educators and parents alike are trying to chart their course in our newfound world of online or remote learning, and the supplemental fact sheet issued by The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)  on the provision of remote or distance learning and …

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by Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP We are living through unprecedented times. Schools have closed – a jolt to our systems. Students, educators and parents alike are trying to chart their course in our newfound world of online or remote learning.  A host of new concerns and considerations in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) confront both parents and educators. The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil …

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Safeguarding Civil Rights of Students During The Pandemic

By Amy Halpert, Esq., and Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In our new reality where school doors are physically closed, we are embarking on distance learning for ourselves, and for our children, from home. These are indeed unprecedented times.  School officials and educators must tackle a slew of new challenges and considerations in the shadow of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). How schools approach and tackle these new issues is critical …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP On March 22, 2020, the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education sent a letter  to all parents to notify all that the NYCDOE has instituted  remote learning to the 1.1 million students in NYC.  The letter contains important contact information and a plan of how the NYCDOE plans to serve students with disabilities. Special Education Programs.  For students with …

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By Amy Halpert, Esq.,  and Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP As we all navigate the uncharted waters of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we stand with all parents and students and hope all clients and families remain healthy and safe. At Littman Krooks, we emphasize that our offices are open remotely and we can handle consultations via phone, Face Time or other mediums.  Our special education department is here to …

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As part of Congress’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has proposed to include a provision in the pending stimulus bill that would give the Secretary of Education authority to approve state waiver requests for any statutory and/or regulatory requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for 1 year and extensions may also apply. This jeopardizes all children’s rights to Child Find, a free appropriate public …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The Office of People with Developmental Disabilities  (OPWDD) as of March 17, 2020, has issued a Memorandum  directing  the temporary suspension of services at all Day Habilitation, Day Treatment, and Prevocational Services across New York State. OPWDD has asked providers of day program services to provide alternative programming for families who will be negatively affected by the suspension of services. Additional Guidance  is available …

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Littman Krooks Modified Work Arrangements

The top priority of Littman Krooks LLP has always been to deliver superior service to our clients. To continue to do this in the current environment, we are taking every precaution possible to protect the health and safety of our team, their families, and our clients given the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, in step with much of the rest of the country, as of the end of business today, March …

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Ten Tips for New York Families in the Wake of the Coronavirus

By Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP We at Littman Krooks know how challenging this time is for families. New York, along with Washington State, leads the U.S. in cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic will strain public resources and services for all. We do not have all the answers, as current events are unfolding, but provide information and assurance for families. We know that school closures are occurring everywhere, …

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A Message to Our Clients and Our Littman Krooks Family

Dear Client and Friends,  At Littman Krooks, the health and safety of our clients and staff is our highest priority. We pride ourselves on exemplary and individualized services to our clients. We are writing to provide you with the steps that we are taking to protect you and our staff against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19). We understand the paramount importance of these tasks, as we serve many elderly …

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