Check here for any ongoing information related to the Coronavirus concerns and how the Special Education Division may be affected.
FOR INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF MEDIATIONS, PREHEARING CONFERENCES, AND HEARINGS PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:
With the ongoing concerns pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please be sure you are following the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations to keep yourself and your family healthy, which can also be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What is the Office of Administrative Hearings, Special Education Division doing about the Coronavirus concerns?
OAH is coordinating with other governmental agencies to ensure we have the most current information and recommendations available. All OAH employees are encouraged to follow the CDC's recommendations to stay healthy.
Hearings are cancelled through April 17, 2020.
Mediations have been cancelled for March 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. Beginning March 23, 2020, mediations will be held by telephone or video conference.
For more information click on the link at the to the page.
What if I am sick or a witness is sick and we have a hearing scheduled?
Parties may file a Request for Continuance asking that the hearing be rescheduled. Continuance requests must be based on good cause, must state all of the reasons a continuance is necessary, and must provide proposed new hearing dates. Please be sure to send a copy of the request to the other party, as well. For more information on how to submit a Request for Continuance see https://www.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/Case-Types/Special-Education/Self-Help/Motions#@ViewBag.JumpTo.
What if a school district closes and a mediation or hearing is scheduled for that location or personnel affected by the closure?
Hearings are cancelled through April 17, 2020. Mediations will go forward by telephone or video conference. For more information click on the link at the to the page.
Parties may file a Request for Continuance for each case that is affected in this instance. The reason for the continuance may identify the circumstances and should be submitted as any other case document would be submitted. For more information on how to submit a Request for Continuance see https://www.dgs.ca.gov/OAH/Case-Types/Special-Education/Self-Help/Motions#@ViewBag.JumpTo.
What if there is a district-closure and the date the district will re-open is unknown?
Parties may submit a Request for Continuance for each case affected in this instance. The reason for the request to continue can identify the circumstances and the party submitting the request should choose a date when they believe the district will re-opened. A second continuance request can be made if the shutdown is longer than expected.
Can I cancel a mediation due to virus concerns?
Yes, parties may cancel a mediation. Parties should notify OAH of the reason for the cancellation so they will be able to reschedule a second mediation date.
Can I cancel a hearing due to Coronavirus concerns?
Hearings have been cancelled through April 17, 2020. For more information click on the link at the to the page.
Can a mediation or hearing go forward despite a district closure?
Yes. Beginning Monday March 23, 2020, mediations will go forward by telephone or video conference. For more information click on the link at the to the page.
Continuance Of Mediation Or Hearing
After Hours Cancellation: 916-274-6035
To speak to a Case Manager during normal business hours: 916-263-0880