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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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Webinar: What H.B. 164 Changes (And Doesn’t Change) for the 2020-2021 School Year

In this timely webinar, Pepple & Waggoner Attorneys Samantha Vajskop and Brian DeSantis discuss how H.B. 164 and other legislation have impacted the delivery of education for the 2020-2021 school year.  As school districts develop contingency plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Considerations for the Fall During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Have you started thinking about the next school year? If not, now is the time to start. On April 21, 2020 Governor DeWine issued a statement that school buildings will remain closed to in-person learning for the rest of this academic year. However, because of the ongoing uncertainty o
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Thinking of Working a Second Job During the COVID-19 Crisis? Not on District Time

School districts have generally never been “work from home” employers.  Yet the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in more school employees than ever working remotely.  While some are busier than before, others have found themselves having more free time – especially as schools re
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Quick Links to Blog Posts and Critical Information Related to District Responses to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, information on best practices and guidance continues to be necessary.  As the State of Ohio and local jurisdictions navigate the constant distribution and influx of guidance, Pepple & Waggoner has prepared the following to serve as a
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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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