Updated Federal COVID-19 Guidance for Community Colleges

March 20, 2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS REGARDING THE COVID-19 NATIONAL EMERGENCY

In response to inquiries received by the Department, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issues the following technical assistance document to assist postsecondary institutions with meeting their obligations under Federal civil rights laws during this difficult and unprecedented time. OCR will continue to update this document as needed throughout the crisis. Updated: May 13, 2020 Read

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: CARES ACT HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance. Institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and the development of any instructions or directions that are provided to students about the grant. uPDATED: May13, 2020 Read

 

FEDERAL GUIDANCE FOR INTERRUPTIONS OF STUDY RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

 

This letter to state career and technical education directors from Assistant Secretary Scott Stump answers the most critical questions that center around the
forthcoming state and local application submission and approval flexibilities. Updated: March 31, 2020 Read

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION GUIDANCE FOR STATE LEADERS 

This document is a summary of guidance provided by the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education for Institutions of Higher Education. Updated: April 3, 2020 Read

 

HOUSE BILL: H.R. 6201, FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT: Emergency Paid Sick Leave

What the Bill Does: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers. Many of these workers currently have no paid leave and are being forced to choose between their paycheck, their health, and the health of the people around them. This is a critical step toward protecting families’ financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.Read more.

 

HOUSE BILL: H.R. 6201, FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT: Title-By-Title Summary

The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. Read more.

 

U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education

Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Read more.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") into communities across the United States. Coronavirus.gov offers the most up to date information about this rapidly evolving situation.

Through collaboration and coordination with State and local health departments, State and local educational agencies, other education officials, and elected officials, schools can disseminate critical information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff, and community. Read more.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Office of Postsecondary Education COVID-19FAQs (updated March 20)

Frequently asked questions relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Read.

 

STUDENT AID: Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

 Federal Student Aid is actively monitoring the new coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.