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A guide providing links to resources and materials for educators so they may better support students with assistive technology needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Disclaimer about the Resources in this Guide

During the school closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSDE Commissioner has waived the requirement for individual contracts between school districts and providers of educational technology solutions.  However, the use of educational technology solutions must be from companies that have provided digital assurances that they comply with Connecticut’s law by signing the “Connecticut Student Data Privacy Pledge.”  SERC does not guarantee that the companies represented by these resources have provided such assurances.  Please see the list of companies that have provided assurances of compliance with Connecticut’s law at the following link: https://connecticut.learnplatform.com/ .

Please contact your district for more information.

The SERC Library would like to remind its patrons and (virtual) visitors that the process of creating and using online remote learning resources always should be watched closely with regards to the potential of a copyright infringement.

We want to draw your attention to this article that was published by Shipman & Goodwin LLP and informs about 'Remote Learning Online Resources and Copyright Infringement'. Antonetti and Zittoun point out that 'The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act specifically addresses the use of copyrighted material in an online educational format and establishes conditions under which the transmission of such material will not be considered copyright infringement.' Read more about those conditions in the article.

Furthermore, they write that 'As an alternative to following the TEACH Act requirements, educators can ensure that their use of copyrighted material is lawful by seeking a license or permission to use the work in their online lessons.  Given the unprecedented closure of schools across the country and the transition to online teaching and learning, many publishers have adapted their policies to allow educators to use their materials as they teach in a virtual format. A list of publishers who have granted permission and the guidelines and time frames they have established can be found on the School Library Journal’s website here. [...] 

Please continue to monitor ctschoollaw.com for updates concerning COVID-19. If you have specific questions about remote learning and avoiding copyright infringement, please contact Gwen J. Zittoun at gzittoun@goodwin.com or Dori Pagé Antonetti at dantonetti@goodwin.com.'

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News and Time Sensitive Information

Please be advised of the following Connecticut State Executive Order:

On March 21, 2020, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7I, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Municipal Operations and Availability of Assistance and Healthcare. Through this Executive Order, the Governor permits the Commissioner of Education to temporarily waive any requirements included in Connecticut’s student data privacy laws, Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 10-234aa through 10-234dd, “in order to provide quality online educational opportunities to students” while schools are closed during the pandemic. We await more information from the Commissioner of Education concerning which elements of the student data privacy laws will be waived and we will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Authors and Editors

The resources provided in this Libguide have been curated by SERC Consultants Smita Worah and Claire Conroy with the help of other SERC consultants, organized into the Libguide format by Cassondra McCarthy and Julia Klann, and edited by Jeremy Bond.

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