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Policy and Governance
Governance/Policy--Essential actions that will foster a shared understanding of goals, responsibilities, and accountability.
School Governance/Policy-Information, Data, and Strategic Planning Websites:
Governor Gretchen Whitmer:
US Department of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Michigan.gov Coronavirus resources Coronavirus - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions
Michigan Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics: MIAAP
Covid - 19 resources MDE - Health & Safety
CDC Coronavirus Resource https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
CDC COVID-19 Resource Communication Resources
National School Public Relations Associations Communicating COVID-19: A Guide and Panel Discussion
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators MAISA
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators MAISA COL Task Force Guidance - Part 1 of 3
Council of Chief State School Officers RESTART & RECOVERY:
American Federation of Teachers A PLAN TO SAFELY REOPEN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
Missouri School Boards’ Association embrAMS - Login
Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Playbook
Opportunity Labs--Return to School Roadmap | Where Public Education and Public Health Meet
Parent Consent Resources:
Michigan Act 258 of 1974 that provides the laws relating to mental health.
This link will provide you with information on the requirements for IDEA Notice and Consent laws.
Grant funded national technical assistance center for parents.
This link will provide you with detailed information regarding the various laws that affect school health services programs. It is not intended as a substitute for legal counsel.
When the term consent is used in IDEA, or the term parental consent, it has the same meaning as the term informed written consent. It means that the parent has been fully informed regarding the action of the school system for which parental consent is being requested. Here is IDEA’s verbatim definition of consent: § 300.9 Consent.
Health care providers may share many kinds of health information with other providers for the purposes of payment, treatment, and health care operations. However, providers must receive specific consent to share an individual’s health records containing certain types of information. In Michigan, federal and state laws require providers to receive consent to share information such as mental health records (for purposes other than treatment, payment, and coordination of care) or information on treatment or referrals for alcohol and substance use disorder. More information and tools to navigate federal and state health information laws in Michigan can be found on the Protected Health Information Consent Tool.
Joint HIPAA/FERPA Form Example Michigan
Below are some examples of various multi-agency written consent to share information forms. Check with your individual LEA, ISD and/or Service Providing Agency for specific guidance.
Webinar on Student Privacy - FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID -19
SPPO distilled most of the questions into 10 common scenarios and questions about FERPA. For each scenario, they identify key FERPA requirements and takeaways and other questions to consider for best practices. We also include at the end of presentation a listing of other available resources.
- Webinar Recording - Student Privacy - FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID19
- Webinar Slide Deck - Student Privacy - FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID19
Additional related resources on the website include the following:
If, after reviewing these materials, you still have questions, please submit them to their student privacy help desk at FERPA@ed.gov.
Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)And the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)To Student Health Records
HIPAA Specific Support