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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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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: APRIL 3, 2020 @ 6:30 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 se
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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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