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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.

FAQs

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.

As of March 23, 2020, mediations  are 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?

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?

For more information click on the link at the to the page.

Can a mediation or hearing go forward despite a district closure?

Yes. As of Monday March 23, 2020, mediations are held 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