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 […]

Dec. 1 Deadline: Cooper Levenson Holiday Card Art Contest 2020 Edition

Cooper Levenson is proud to announce a Holiday Card Art Contest, open to students in grades 1 – 8. The prizes are a $50 gift card to the winning student (to use however they like), and a $100 gift card to the winning student’s art teacher, to be used for art supplies, a class party, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]