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Conducting Public Meetings Electronically

On March 27, 2020, Governor DeWine signed into law amended H.B. 197 to address the many exigencies related to the spread of COVID-19.  Among other items, H.B. 197 allows public bodies, including boards of education, to hold, attend, and take public action in public meetings by te
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The Ohio General Assembly’s H.B. 197 Emergency COVID-19 Legislation

On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed amended H.B. 197 to address the many exigencies related to the spread of COVID-19. H.B. 197 contains several waivers of educational requirements that pertain to school districts and the operation of schools during the COVID-19 crisis
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10 Things Districts Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation and the Coronavirus

School districts, like many employers throughout the United States, have been forced to quickly respond to a myriad of issues stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.  One such issue is the impact the coronavirus will have on workers’ compensation claims and operations.  To a
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OCR Issues Supplemental Fact Sheet Regarding Students with Disabilities

On March 21, 2020, the United States Department for Education (DOE), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a “Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities” (Supplement”). In the Supplem
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Expanded FMLA and Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

UPDATED: MARCH 26, 2020 @ 3:30 PM On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First Act”). The Families First Act expands FMLA by extending existing protections and introducing emergency paid leave. The Families First Act includes s
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FERPA and the “Health or Safety Emergency” Exception

During the COVID-19 outbreak, school districts must not forget the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), a federal law which protects the privacy of students’ education records.  Generally, FERPA prohibits school districts from disclosing personally identifiable i
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U.S. Dept. of Ed. Issues Q&A on Services for Children with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

On March 12, 2020, the United States Department of Education (“DOE”). issued Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (“Q and A”).  The Q and A updated guidance that the DOE had issued in December of 20
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Special Education Students and COVID-19

This afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order closing schools for a three-week spring break beginning at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16, 2020. As school districts throughout the state are creating plans for how they will respond to COVID-19 going forward, many sc
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Responding to the Coronavirus

UPDATED: MARCH 31, 2020 @ 4:00 PM State and local jurisdictions throughout the United States are bracing to respond to the threat of a  coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak.  Ohio school districts are strongly encouraged to work in consultation with their local health department when det
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