School Update: Vaccines and Masks

To Our School Board Community: As we anticipate the return to full in person instruction for our students, we are again seeing increased Executive Orders, and last minute guidance. On August 20, 2021 the New Jersey Department of Education updated the “Road Forward” guidance and on August 23, 2021, Governor Murphy announced Executive Order 253 […]

Legal Considerations for the Upcoming School Year

To Our School Board Community: Another school year is about to start, one we hoped would start without Executive Orders, last minute guidance and unclear recommendations; in other words one we hoped would start with some normalcy.  Sadly, here we are again starting a new school year with another Executive Order and “hints” of recommendations […]

Amy Houck Elco authors article in School Leader Magazine

Cooper Levenson Partner Amy Houck Elco recently authored an article for the official publication of the New Jersey School Boards Association, School Leader Magazine. Her article, entitled “Navigating Special Education Rights During COVID-19” discusses the distinct challenges that the pandemic school closures present for special education students. The article appeared in the publication’s Nov/Dec 2020 […]

Join us at the 2020 NJSBA Virtual Workshop

Click here to join us at the 2020 NJSBA Virtual Workshop  Log in and enter the exhibit floor lobby between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday October 20, 21, and 22. Click “Enter Here” to visit the lobby and type “Cooper Levenson” into the “Search for a Booth” bar.  We can chat […]

School Law Today Podcast: Special Education During COVID-19 with Amy Houck Elco

Special Education Issues during the Pandemic Almost overnight, with the onset of the pandemic, education issues and practices changed. One of the more challenging services for school districts to provide both virtually and with social distancing protocols is special education.  Yet districts still have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to follow and other legal requirements.  In […]

CDC Releases Updated Guidance For a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020

Yesterday the CDC issued updated Guidance on Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020. The CDC notes the “unique and critical role that schools play makes them a priority for opening and remaining open, enabling students to receive both academic instruction and support as well as critical services.” The […]

Virtual Board Meetings During COVID-19

Please join William S. Donio and Amy Houck Elco as they host a webinar on Virtual Board Meetings During COVID-19. Want to see more from William Donio and Amy Houck Elco? Head here to fill out a quick survey.

Amy Houck Elco and Kelli Prinz to present on Special Education Law Dec. 4-5 in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N.J. — Nov. 22, 2017 –The course will be offered at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel on Dec. 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This seminar will present the essential requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more. Houck Elco will present on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on Discipline and Expulsion […]