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February 22, 2022 | Issue 18 (View newsletter as webpage)

Important News

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Section 504 - Free Appropriate Public Education and Compensatory Services - USDOE Fact Sheet

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a fact sheet to remind elementary and secondary public schools of their obligations under Section 504. to provide appropriate evaluations and services to students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the responsibility of providing compensatory services.

Section 504 is a Federal law that:

  • prohibits disability discrimination
  • guarantees that students with disabilities have equal access to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, under Section 504 students with disabilities:

  • Continue to have a right to receive FAPE
  • May be entitled to compensatory services if they did not receive appropriate evaluations or services

If there are concerns about FAPE or a need for compensatory services, the school team must meet to make individualized decisions.

If a parent or guardian believes that:

  • their child has not received or is not receiving FAPE,
  • does not have equal access to other services provided by the school, or
  • did not receive or is not receiving appropriate compensatory services

They may seek a hearing under the school’s Section 504 due process procedures or file a complaint with OCR.

OCR Fact Sheet

How to file an OCR Complaint


Early Childhood Virtual Miniconference Series


March 2, 2022

Serie De Miniconferencias Virtuales Para La Primera Infancia

Comenzará el 2 de Marzo de 2022

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Do you have a child aged

birth - 5 years old?

¿Tiene un Hijo Recién Nacido o Hasta de 5 años de Edad?


Early Childhood is a critical time in a child's development.

La Primera Infancia es un momento crítico en el desarrollo de un niño.

Don't miss our virtual Miniconference series on Wednesday evenings in March from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

No se pierda nuestra serie de miniconferencias virtuales los miércoles por la noche en marzo de 6:45 p. m. a 8:00 p. m.


Live interpretation into Spanish will be available for all sessions.

Los talleres se interpretarán simultáneamente al español.

Miniconference Flyer in English and Spanish

Folleto de miniconferencia en inglés y español

Get This Year's Expanded Child Tax Credit

File your taxes to get your Child Tax Credit — now through April 18, 2022

Reciba el ampliado Crédito Tributario por Hijos de este año

Presente su declaración de impuestos para recibir el Crédito Tributario por Hijos, ahora y hasta el 18 de abril de 2022.

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Get help filing your tax return to get the

Child Tax Credit

This website helps people to:

  • Get the Child Tax Credit
  • Understand how the 2021 Child Tax Credit works
  • Find out if they are eligible to receive the Child Tax Credit.
  • Understand that the credit does not affect their federal benefits.


Obtenga ayuda para presentar la declaración de impuestos a fin de obtener el Crédito Tributario por Hijos

Este sitio web existe para proporcionar ayuda:

  • Obtenga el Crédito Tributario por Hijos.
  • ¿Cómo funciona el Crédito Tributario por Hijos en 2021?
  • Determine la elegibilidad para recibir el Crédito Tributario por Hijos.
  • Entienda que el crédito no afecta los beneficios federales.

Determine if you are eligible

Verificación de la elegibilidad

Find free resources to help you file

Encontrar recursos gratuitos para ayudarse a solicitar el crédito

Action Alert!

SPAN has been working hard to make sure that A1281 in the NJ Legislature (Statute of Limitations for COVID-19-Related Compensatory Education) makes it onto the Assembly Voting Session scheduled for February 28, 2022.

We do not have a firm commitment that the bill is good to go so we need your voices now if you're in NJ.

Please email the Assembly to urge that the bill is posted for a vote.

The Senate companion bill S905 was voted out of the Senate in a fully bi-partisan manner. Now the Assembly must do its job.

Send Assembly emails to:

  1. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin
  2. Assembly Majority Office Executive Director Seth Hahn
  3. Assembly Majority Office Deputy Executive Director Daniel Harris
  4. Sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill, including Sterling Stanley, Linda Carter, Raj Mukherji, Mila Jasey and Joe Danielsen
  5. Your representatives in the Assembly. Email addresses for Assembly persons start with "asm" (assemblyman) or "asw" (assemblywoman) followed by their last 

(e.g. [email protected])

Find your legislator

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Upcoming Events

See what's happening this month

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them. Check out our Event Calendar for details and registration links

Upcoming Events include:

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Information Sessions and Due Process Clinics

Protect Your Child's Right to COVID-19-Related Compensatory Education NOW

Las sesiones informativas y clínicas de debido proceso gratuitas

Protege los derecho s de su hijo/a para recibir Educación Compensatoria AHORA

Click here to learn more about upcoming Information Sessions and Due Process Clinics

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre las sesiones informativas y

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