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 Van D. Keating on 9/11/2020

On Aug. 27, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  released additional questions and answers

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/11/2019

For school districts in Ohio, one of the most consequential acts passed last year was HB 318. Among other things, the act:

  • Established training requirements for school resource officers (SROs).
Posted by Sara C. Clark on 8/2/2019

On July 12, the Ohio Attorney General’s (OAG) office

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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/11/2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released the Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 2/14/2019

In December, the Legal Ledger reported that the Federal Commission on School Safety, formed by President Trump after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, had released its report and recommendations. In…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 12/23/2018

Earlier this week, the Federal Commission on School Safety (Commission) released a report detailing 93 best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 10/12/2018

Recently, a Virginia middle school held a lockdown drill as part of its safety plan. During the drill, a 14-year-old transgender student was prevented from accessing the safety of the…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 5/4/2018

In the current discussions involving school shooting incidents and arming staff members, one interesting question that inevitably arises concerns collective bargaining issues that may come into play as well. Obviously, permitting staff to possess firearms, as well as expecting them to use them if the situation dictates can be construed as a term or condition of employment. However, remember that in Ohio, only staff members who can possess a concealed handgun license can volunteer to be…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/27/2018

Earlier this week, the U. S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the most recent biennial Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The data included in the 2015-16 CRDC was self-reported by more than 17,300 public school districts and almost 96,400 public schools and educational programs.