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 […]

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 […]

Anticipated DOE Guidance Allowing Parents to Select All Remote Learning for their Children

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.  Yesterday Governor Murphy announced that the Department of Education (“DOE”) would be releasing guidance this week allowing parents to select all-remote learning […]

Fall School Sports “Return to Play” Update

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.  On July 10, 2020, NJSIAA released a memo titled, “Return to Play Update,” which contained an updated schedule for a delayed fall sports season. Presently, all fall […]

Guidance Regarding Resumption of NJSIAA Sports & Youth Summer Camps

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. On May 29, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 149, wherein he Ordered that high school sporting activities under the jurisdiction of the […]

NJDOE Issues Guidance Regarding Observations for Provisional and Nontenured Educators

By: Kasi M. Gifford, Esq. 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. We have received many questions about observations and evaluations. On May 7, 2020, the New Jersey Department of […]

New Law Regarding Remote Learning and Paying Staff and Service Providers

by Kasi M. Gifford, Esq. 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 as a result of COVID-19 and the related school closures. A couple of weeks ago we made you aware of pending legislation regarding the […]

Schools Need to “Ace” New Jersey’s New Employee Background Law

In a cautionary tale for all school districts in New Jersey, on August 21, 2018, a Federal court ruled a $600,000 settlement must be paid by that school district’s taxpayers and not its insurance carrier because the district failed to notify authorities and agreed not to tell potential future employers about a teacher’s resignation stemming […]