Recap of Latest COVID-19 Guidance for Starting The 2020-2021 School Year (August 21, 2020)

In the past week alone, the ISBE and IDPH have issued more than a half dozen guidance (or updated guidance) documents for schools. Within this constantly-evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public education, and as you embark on the 2020-2021 school year in your school district or cooperative, we thought it … Read more…

Final Regulations on the Use of Time Out, Isolated Time Out, and Physical Restraint and Corresponding ISBE Guidance (June 22, 2020)

Given the understandable focus on remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts and special education cooperatives have not been aware that effective April 9, 2020, final regulations on the use of time out, isolated time out, and physical restraint in Illinois schools were adopted. With one significant exception, the final rules are substantively … Read more…

Illinois Legislative Amendments to the School Code and Updated Guidance on Summer 2020 School Activities Following the Latest COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation (June 17, 2020)

Update: The Governor has signed SB 1569. The new law (known as Public Act 101-0643) is effective immediately. As a result, the SB 1569 requirements (explained in our legal update) are in effect. If you have questions regarding the amendments to the School Code and updated guidance on summer 2020 school activities, or other issues … Read more…

Key Action Items for Schools to Comply with Updated Title IX Regulations (May 15, 2020)

The U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) has provided school districts, special education cooperatives, and colleges and universities with another task for their summer “to-do” lists.  Following its year and a half of review of the 124,000 comments submitted in response to proposed regulations, the DOE released final amended Title IX implementing regulations on May 6, … Read more…

COVID-19 Update to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (April 2, 2020)

The effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) has arrived.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) continue to provide additional guidance.  The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its temporary regulation to implement the FFCRA, which tracks previous Q&A guidance from the DOL.  The IRS has … Read more…

COVID-19 Interim Update to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 27, 2020)

In the week following enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, now commonly referred to as the “FFCRA,” the U.S. Department of Labor has begun to provide some initial guidance on administration of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“Expanded FMLA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act benefits of the FFCRA.  … Read more…

COVID-19 Update on Provision of Special Education And Related Services Through Alternative Means During School Closures (March 25, 2020)

Our office has recently received many questions related to whether parent consent is required for districts and cooperatives to provide special education and/or related services to students, individually or in groups, through alternative means (i.e., by phone or electronically through online/virtual platforms such as Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.) during the school closure period … Read more…