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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: APRIL 1, 2020 @ 7:30 AM 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
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Running FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Leave Concurrently

When helping school districts navigate through workers’ compensation issues, we are often asked the same question:  after a workplace injury, can the school district run Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave concurrently with an employee’s absence covered by Workers’ Compen
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Get It While You Can: BWC’s $40,000 School Safety and Security Grant

Last fall, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (“BWC”) launched its School Safety and Security Grant Program (“Program”), allowing school districts to receive a 3-to-1 matching grant, up to $40,000, to purchase equipment to improve safety and security and potentially reduce workp
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Cracking the Code: 2019 Update to the Code of Professional Conduct

On September 17, 2019, the State Board of Education (“State Board”) approved a revised version of its Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators (“Code of Conduct”).  The Code of Conduct is the basis for decisions on issues pertaining to licensure and currently con
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Department of Labor’s Final Rule: Its Impact on School Districts and Potential Remedies

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its long-awaited Final Rule increasing the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”) employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) minimum wage and over
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What To Do If ICE Comes Calling

Many school districts in Ohio are home to large immigrant populations.  Recently, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made national headlines when it raided Mississippi food processing plants, carrying out its largest immigration raid in a decade.  As a r
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Reminder to Issue Annual FERPA Notifications

As the school year begins it is important to remind, and perhaps inform for the first time, employees and school districts of their responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This becomes even more important as many employees use social media to post
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