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Welcome to AWSA's bi-monthly newsletter! Below you will find our most recent edition of the AWSA Update Bulletin. Located on the side you will find current and past articles, current events and sponsor information.  

May 8th Edition

Legal Requirements relating to Shortening a School Day for a Student with an IEP

by Daniel Parker, Assistant Director of Special Education, WI DPI

Each year the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction receives numerous questions from parents, school districts, and other stakeholders about the permissibility and requirements around shortening a school day for a student who is receiving special education services. Shortening a student’s day raises issues regarding the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as potential discrimination under 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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3 Key Communication Steps When Managing a School Crisis

by Joe Donovan, President, The Donovan Group 

As a school or district leader, you never want to encounter a crisis situation. A select few are fortunate to go years without needing to handle a major crisis in their schools. But it’s a near certainty that, at some point in your career, you’ll need to engage in swift communications in response to a school crisis issue.

Please note that when we refer to a “school crisis,” we mean any issue that requires urgent communication. This can be anything from the simply unfortunate to the truly tragic.

When a crisis does arise, you’ll most often learn about it via a phone call, the police or the news media. Below are three important steps to take when managing a school crisis. 

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Why Investing in School Leadership is So Important

According to the Wallace Foundation, a major report from the RAND Corporation finds that schools in six large districts that had invested in principal pipelines markedly outperformed similar schools.   
This report is another reminder of why it is critical for school districts to invest in school leadership.