Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 1/15/2021

Over the last few weeks, it seems like everyone is talking about vaccines. "Have you gotten it?" "Are you a 1a or a 1b?" "How do I get my shot?"

OSBA’s legal division, in anticipation of questions from districts, has put together a quick Q&A to help districts answer some of the questions they may get from employees, parents and students.

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 1/11/2021

New Classroom Quarantine Guidelines 

The Ohio Department of Health issued a new fact sheet  K-12 School Quarantine Guidelines. The new guidelines stem from a study that showed children who had close contact (defined as within six feet for 15 minutes) to infected individuals and appropriately masked had rates of COVID-19 that were similar to children with no known COVID-19 exposure in school.

The new guidelines apply to students and adults who have been exposed to COVID-19 in K-12 schools. The guidelines provide that these exposed students and adults may…

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Posted by Van D. Keating on 12/29/2020

The joint OSBA/OASBO workers’ compensation program is excited to announce that CompManagement Health Systems, Inc. (CompManagement MCO) is merging with CareWorks of Ohio, Ltd. (CareWorks MCO), effective Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. This merger accompanies a name change to Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio (Sedgwick MCO).

Sedgwick, CompManagement’s parent company, acquired CareWorks in 2019. For the past 16 months, the teams at CareWorks and CompManagement have partnered to develop best practices to ensure outstanding outcomes remain available to school district.

A couple of things to…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 12/18/2020

Pursuant to RC 3313.14, school boards must set the date of their January organizational meeting by Dec. 31. Under the statute, it is the…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 12/3/2020

In November, Governor DeWine appointed John Logue as the new Administrator/CEO of the Bureau of Workers Compensation. Earlier in his career, John worked for CompManagement and was the program administrator assigned to work with the OSBA/OASBO workers’ compensation program.

 

BWC has also announced the third 2020 dividend will be mailed in mid-December to school districts. The $5 billion dividend is approximately 372…

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 11/20/2020

The restriction on gatherings of ten or more people was first introduced in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director’s Mar. 22 “Stay at Home Order.” The ban on gatherings of ten or people has been extended through various orders and an exception was never given to boards of education.  

On Nov. 16, 2020, the ODH Director issued a new Order, “Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, with Exceptions.” The Nov. 16 order states in Section 5 that the prohibition on gatherings of ten or more people does not apply to “governmental meetings, which…

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/17/2020

Last week, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a decision in one of the cases supported by the Ohio School Boards Association Legal Assistance Fund (LAF). The case,  A.J.R. v…

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 10/30/2020

Many schools began the year using remote, hybrid, or blended models of instruction for the first time this year.  These new educational settings caused schools and districts to rethink educator evaluations. The

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/23/2020

It has been said many times: 2020 has been an extraordinary year. Given the multitude of unique challenges that schools have met since the beginning of the year, it is sometimes difficult to focus on those laws that were in place before March 2020 and still affect school board members and staff. For example, the Ethics Law and related statutes continue to apply to district officials and employees notwithstanding building closures, hybrid learning models, virtual parent-teacher meetings and all of the other unique…

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Posted by Sara C. Clark on 10/16/2020

At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Ohio Ethics Commission issued formal Advisory Opinion No. 2020-03, which addresses ethics…