Legal Updates

Legal Update Memo No. 26-2020 – CDE Provides Information Related to Grading and Graduation (K-12)

On April 1, 2020, the California Department of Education (“CDE”) released a Frequently Asked Questions (“The FAQ”) regarding grading and graduation requirements during this period of “distance learning.” The FAQ makes it clear that grading remains a local decision. Here are some key takeaways:

Legal Update Memo No. 16-2020 – Sonoma County Strengthens and Extends Shelter in Place and Orders Mandatory Social Distancing Protocols (CCD)

Sonoma County’s Public Health Officer revised the Shelter in Place Order, effective today, April 1, 2020, through May 3, 2020, or until it is rescinded or revised (“Order”). The Order was issued in light of the existence of 73 active cases of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, as well as 1 fatality, as of March 31, 2020. The County has confirmed through testing that every section of the County suffers from infection. Overall, the intent of the order is to maximize self-isolation in residences to the maximum extent feasible. The Order incorporates all State and Federal mandates. While much remains unchanged from the previous order, there are some new aspects to this Order which affect local education agencies (“LEAs”), including guidance on construction projects and notice requirements. Violation of the Order is enforceable by law enforcement, and “constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

Legal Update Memo No. 25-2020 – Sonoma County Strengthens and Extends Shelter in Place and Orders Mandatory Social Distancing Protocols (K-12)

Sonoma County’s Public Health Officer revised the Shelter in Place Order, effective today, April 1, 2020, through May 3, 2020, or until it is rescinded or revised (“Order”). The Order was issued in light of the existence of 73 active cases of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, as well as 1 fatality, as of March 31, 2020. The County has confirmed through testing that every section of the County suffers from infection. Overall, the intent of the order is to maximize self-isolation in residences to the maximum extent feasible. The Order incorporates all State and Federal mandates. While much remains unchanged from the previous order, there are some new aspects to this Order which affect local education agencies (“LEAs”), including guidance on construction projects and notice requirements. Violation of the Order is enforceable by law enforcement, and “constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

Legal Update Memo No. 24-2020 – Protect Your Remote Meetings from “Zoombombing” (K-12)

With the increased use of Zoom and other video conferencing software due to the need for social distancing, a new concern has arisen: “Zoombombing.”  

Legal Update Memo No. 15-2020(CC) – Protect Your Remote Meetings from “Zoombombing” (CCD)

With the increased use of Zoom and other video conferencing software due to the need for social distancing, a new concern has arisen: “Zoombombing.”

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