Governor Clarifies in Executive Order No. 196 that BOE Meetings are Legislative Proceedings NOT Subject to Restrictions on Gatherings

To Our School Board Community: The Governor issued Executive Order 196 on November 16, 2020. The Executive Order tightened up restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. However, notably, after much debate in the legal community, Executive Order 196 clarifies that Local Boards of Education meetings are local legislative proceedings, and are not subject to the capacity […]

New DCA issued OPMA Regulations to Consider Before Your Next Meeting

To Our School Board Community: We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards related to COVID-19 school closures. In March, the New Jersey Legislature amended the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”), to include various relaxations as a result of COVID-19. […]

Executive Order No. 187 Guidance

To Our School Board Community: On October 12, 2020, the Governor of New Jersey issued Executive Order No. 187, which allows indoor practices and competitions to resume. Specifically, EO 187 applies to “no-contact practices, contact practices, and competitions for sports defined as low risk, medium risk, and high risk.” A list of permissible activities is […]

COVID-19 Halloween Guidance

To Our School Board Community: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect that Halloween will look quite different this year. In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, New Jersey has issued Halloween Celebration Guidance with recommendations on how to safely celebrate. Notable recommendations include: OUTDOOR TRICK-OR-TREATING: If you plan to trick-or-treat, you should limit your group […]

Pandemic Times: What you need to know about Force Majeure

Saleel Sabnis, Esq.October 7, 2020 What is the term force majeure mean and why is it relevant today? It is a french term for “superior force.” Today, the term force majeure refers to a clause that can allow a person or business to “excuse” themselves from a contract. Think of a force outside the control of a […]

School COVID-19 Dashboard

To Our School Board Community: We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards related to COVID-19. We wanted to bring to your attention a new data set on the New Jersey State Website COVID-19 Dashboard. The State is now reporting […]

First Look at Executive Order No. 175

To Our School Board Community: Today, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 175 which addresses, among other things, reopening plans and reopening requirements, requirements for all-remote learning, and periodic updates to the Department of Education. We are working to unpack this lengthy Executive Order so we can provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate […]

All virtual openings may be a new reality

To Our School Board Community: Stay tuned! Today at his 1PM Press Conference the Governor is supposed to announce a plan to allow schools to open virtually in the fall. Previously under the Road Back Plan schools were required to provide some element of in-person instruction for students to attend school in the fall. What does […]

NJDOE’s FAQ’s Released

To Our School Board Community: We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards related to COVID-19 school closures. Today the Governor announced that the FAQs for reopening schools had be released. The FAQs can be found here.   Additionally, the Governor […]

Governor Murphy Announces Face Coverings Will Be Required For All Students

To Our School Board Community: We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards related to COVID-19 school closures. Today Governor Murphy announced that face coverings will be required for all students at all times while inside a school building, regardless of […]