Entries by Lisa H. Woloszynek

Is someone listening? What districts can do about a student monitoring device

Safety-oriented assistive technology for children with special needs has proliferated in recent years. One of the more recent devices is called AngelSense. The name sounds innocuous, but its potential misuse is raising concerns for school districts. Recently, districts have been faced with an increased number of requests to permit AngelSense in their classrooms. The device […]

New Ohio Law Changes Student Discipline Procedures and School Resource Officer Requirements

On Friday, November 2, 2018, HB 318 goes into effect, which implements new school discipline procedures for students. It also mandates particular qualifications and specialized training requirements for school resource officers (SRO). Changes to Student Discipline HB 318 changes student suspension, expulsion and emergency removal procedures. These revised student discipline procedures are divided into two […]

First FDA-Approved Cannabidiol Medication Creates Confusion for School Districts

As Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries begin to open, a new medication with marijuana plant derivatives, Epidiolex, is causing some confusion for Ohio school districts. Epidiolex is a cannabidiol oral solution medication for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. This uncharted territory now leaves school districts to interpret how to address […]

Potential Consequences for Alternate Assessment Noncompliance

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has recently outlined parameters to enforce a key limit of one form of alternate testing for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provide two options for alternate assessments for students with disabilities, based on: • grade-level academic […]

Ohio School Truancy: Excessive Absences No Longer Include Medically Excused Absences

Beginning October 17, 2019, a student’s medically excused absences are no longer included in Ohio school districts’ calculations toward “excessive absences” under Ohio truancy laws. Since 2017, Ohio school districts have been required to calculate student hours of absences, including those with or without a legitimate excuse.  Previously, medically excused absences were included in the […]

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COVID-19 and ESEA School Assessment Obligations

March 13, 2020 Ohio schools are actively instituting Governor Mike DeWine’s mandatory three-week closure of all elementary and secondary schools, including public, private, and charter schools, in an attempt to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This comes at the same time that schools across the state were gearing up for spring testing […]

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Students with Disabilities and Team Considerations During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 19, 2020 As we all continue to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the COVID-19 crisis and review the various guidance documents from federal, state, and local officials, several guiding principles have begun to emerge in relation to the provision of services to students with disabilities.  First, students with disabilities are entitled to commensurate distance […]