Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/11/2021

There have been a few important new guidance documents issued from the Ohio Departments of Education (ODE) and Health (ODH). Here’s a quick overview of their key elements.

ODH guidance document

On April 8, ODH issued the Director’s Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-Congregating. The order…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 2/16/2021

Late on Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Education (USDOE) release updated guidance to support school districts as they continue the return to in-person instruction.

CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation is intended to assist schools to open safely and soon. The Operational Strategy, based on available science and data on COVID-19, describes a pathway to in-person instruction using an “…

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 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 Jennifer A. Hardin on 8/24/2020

Last week, the Governor announced that the Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) would be issuing an order permitting all sports practices and competitions. The order, which was effective last Thursday morning, applies to youth, collegiate, amateur, club and professional sports and establishes minimum standards with which athletes and teams must comply in order to practice…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 7/20/2020

On July 20, the Ohio Controlling Board approved requests to appropriate $100 million additional CARES Act funding for K-12 schools. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the CARES Act and is separate from the $440 million recently allocated from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund. 

These funds are allocated to districts using a base amount established by fiscal year 2019 enrollment data from the State Report Card, with additional money provided to districts to support economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 6/1/2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has announced a new program called Protecting Ohio’s Workforce – We’ve Got You Covered. BWC’s program is providing face coverings free of charge to public employers who are in good standing and report payroll to BWC. The face coverings are…