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Recovery Services vs. Compensatory Services vs. Extended School Year Services

In August, the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) issued Reset and Restart of the 2020-2021 School Year: Meeting the Needs of Students who Receive Special Education Services in K-12 (the “Restart Guidance”), which provided districts with guidance regarding when students are entitled
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Friday Night Lights, Spectators – and Masks?

High school sports are back!  Fans are excited.  So excited that they forgot to wear a mask.  Or did they forget?  What if a spectator claims they have a medical condition?  Can the district require them to provide a doctor’s note? Per the Department of Health, spectators must wear ma
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Understanding the New COVID-19 Notification Order

School districts have raised a number of questions regarding the executive order issued by the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”) on September 3, 2020, which identifies how and when school districts must report COVID-19 positive cases to parents and the community (“Order”).  This blog
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New ODE Guidance on Special Education Services

On August 7, 2020, the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) released guidance regarding how to meet the needs of students who receive special education services.  As with the Guidance ODE released in the spring, ODE reiterates the importance of district communication and collaboration
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Lights, Camera, FERPA?: Considerations for Recording or Streaming Classes

Many school districts are considering recording or livestreaming classes during the 2020-2021 school year, either as an option for students that need to participate virtually because of COVID-19, or because the district is starting the year virtually for all students.  Whether your di
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Weekly Briefing

As school districts prepare for the start of the school year, Pepple & Waggoner is providing a weekly overview of recent developments and pending deadlines. Order – Facial Coverings in Child Education Settings: After an extended delay, the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”) i
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More on Masks: Recent FAQs Regarding Face Masks in Schools

As districts inch closer to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, they continue to receive more questions regarding face masks.  This blog post will address the most recent questions we have received from clients relating to face masks. What does the Ohio Department of Health Direct
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Reset and Restart: Planning Guidance for the 2020-2021 School Year

The coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic has reshaped public education in the State Ohio. As districts brace for the start the 2020-2021 school year, there are a number of issues that must be addressed by boards of education as they prepare for the many challenges that lie ahead. This bl
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Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year? Add Title IX to the List

As school districts begin preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, they should keep in mind their obligations under Title IX.  The U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) has issued Title IX final regulations that will be effective August 14, 2020.  These final regulations will require s
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