|Posted:||February 11, 2021 03:47 PM|
|From:||Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Cosmetology Schools and Distance Education|
|Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, cosmetology school programs were required by the state to deliver all instruction in-person. However, once the pandemic hit and businesses and schools had to temporarily close this past spring, the State Board of Cosmetology provided cosmetology schools temporary flexibilities to offer online and/or other remote learning options. Through this opportunity, many schools reported positive results and would like to continue to have this flexibility for theory-based curriculum after the pandemic is over.
Therefore, in the near future, I plan to introduce legislation amending the Cosmetology Law of 1933 to provide schools that offer cosmetology programs the ability to offer up to 50% of the program through online and/or other remote instruction. This flexibility would only be for hours in the curriculum that are theory-based content; practical “hands-on” hours in the curriculum would not have this flexibility and would still be required to be delivered through in-person instruction. The bill will also allow some flexibility in teacher-to-student ratios for the hours delivered remotely, but existing teacher-to-student ratios would remain in place for in-person instruction.
Cosmetology programs require a significant amount of “hands-on” practical education and experience. However, there are theory-based portions of the curriculum that do not require a student to be on campus at a set time. The mostly adult student populations at these schools are often working full-time or part-time jobs while they pursue their education and often times, they have other responsibilities to balance such as raising a family. Providing this flexibility will enable our constituents to complete their education and enter the workforce in the timeframe they planned.
Thank you in advance for your support and consideration.
Introduced as HB1183