Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 9/3/2021

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) produced new documents to assist schools this week. The first ODH document “K-12 quarantine in Ohio”

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 8/27/2021

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has updated its online and blended learning guidance for the 2021-22 school year. The guidance now includes a new section in the FAQs on temporary online learning for closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks, as well as adding FAQs expanding guidance related to online learning and blended learning.

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 8/20/2021

As the general election on Nov. 2 nears, boards of education are waiting to see who their fellow members may be come January. Here at the legal division of OSBA, we’re getting lots of questions about the upcoming election. Two of the areas we’re getting questions about are write-in candidates and filling vacancies if not enough candidates are running for election.

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Posted by Sara C. Clark on 8/13/2021

Starting with the 2021-22 school year, school districts must register with the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Safer Ohio School Tip Line or enter into an agreement with an anonymous reporting program of the district’s choosing.

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Posted by Van D. Keating on 8/3/2021

On August 3, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released the "

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 7/28/2021

In the recently enacted biennial budget bill (Am. Sub. H.B. 110),…

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 7/16/2021

On Wednesday, Governor DeWine signed HB 244 into law. The new…

Posted by Ralph Lusher III on 7/9/2021

As the state of emergency has lifted and life is beginning to get back to normal, public meetings have reverted to pre-pandemic guidelines. For example, the Ohio legislature did not extend or make permanent a public board’s ability to conduct meetings in a virtual landscape. 

Initially, HB 197 allowed public meetings to be conducted and attended by members via teleconference, video conference, or any other similar electronic technology through December 1, 2020.  The ability to conduct and attend meetings in this fashion was extended by the legislature in HB 404. Unfortunately, it…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 7/5/2021

Last week, amid a flurry of opinions and other actions, the U.S. Supreme Court made a notable decision not to act when it declined to review Gloucester Cty. School District. v. Grimm, a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving the rights of transgender students. The court’s decision was not unanimous – Justice Alito and Justice Thomas would have reviewed the case – but the 7-2 vote means the 4th Circuit’s decision will stand. 

When the…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 6/25/2021

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court determined that school employees may not carry firearms unless they have peace officer training or 20 years of experience as a peace officer (Gabbard v. Madison Local School Dist. School Bd. of Edn., Slip…