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COVID-19 Resources for K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities
Nelson Mullins’s School & College Law Practice understands the unique nature of educational institutions and the complex issues that COVID-19 has brought upon schools, colleges and universities. Our education team is actively monitoring developments at the federal, state, and local level in order to provide up-to-date guidance to educational institutions responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The following are some helpful resources. Please reach out to us if our team can assist your organization.
The Treasury Department and IRS provided more guidance to employers about federal reimbursements for paying employees for sick and family leave during the coronavirus emergency. The IRS posted an explanation of the refundable tax credits available to small and mid-sized businesses that are required to provide the leave under a coronavirus-response package signed into law last month. (April 1)
Federal agencies issue numerous guidance documents to assist Institutions of Higher Education in responding to COVID-19 requirements, including:
The US DOE issues UPDATED Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus on April 3, 2020. This updates and expands on the previous guidance issued by the Department on March 5, 2020. The guidance clarifies that IHEs can comply with the Clery Act’s warning requirements regarding COVID-19 by sending a single notification to students and staff through the regular means of communicating emergency notifications or by creating a banner with the same information at the top of the institution’s website homepage. The guidance also provides additional flexibilities regarding accommodating students whose enrollment is disrupted by COVID-19, distance education, and the return of Title IV funds. The flexibilities covered in the guidance will remain in effect through June 30, 2020, if not extended.
The US DOE issues UPDATED Guidance clarifying that IHEs can comply with the Clery Act’s warning requirements regarding COVID-19 by sending a single notification to students and staff through the regular means of communicating emergency notifications or by creating a banner with the same information at the top of the institution’s website homepage. (April 3)
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule against health care providers or their business associates for the good faith uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) by business associates for public health and health oversight activities during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.
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