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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…

COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 19, 2020)

Hours after the Senate voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First”) that the House of Representatives passed last week, President Trump signed the bill into law on March 18, 2020.  Effective April 2, 2020 (15 days after enactment), private employers with fewer than 500 employees and governmental employers (including municipalities and … Read more…

COVID-19 Staffing Update (March 17, 2020)

Early on March 17th, 2020, the Office of the Governor, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Principals Association and Illinois State Board of Education issued a Joint Statement on staffing implications of the designated Act of God Days for the current mandatory school closure from March 17, 2020 … Read more…

COVID-19 FAQ Updated (March 16, 2020)

We have heard from a number of our school district and special education cooperative clients with questions regarding operational, staff and student issues presented by the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”).  Given the unique nature of COVID-19, medical professionals, government and community officials, employers and employees, and the legal community are learning together how to apply best … Read more…