Disability Rights Oregon reports that a new state law limits Oregon school districts’ ability to shorten students’ school day because of behaviors caused by a disability. This means that districts may shorten your child’s school day only if they meet specific requirements.
Zach, a third grader in the David Douglas School District who has been affected by a shortened school day, was receiving just five hours a week of in-home tutoring as his public education but now lives in a group home an hour away from his mom. Many believe a school district should not determine which kids have earned a full school day and which have not.
State Sen. Sara Gelser said in-home tutoring was meant as an option for a student, say, battling leukemia and physically unable to come to school. The new Oregon law, sponsored by Gelser, aims to make clear to school districts that limiting class hours or solely providing tutoring isn’t enough.
“This is not meant for kids with autism, kids with mental illness, kids that have really significant needs,” she said. “It’s also not meant to be a long-term solution.” Read more about Zach and Sen. Gelser’s new law.