What happens if my child is suspended (or expelled)?!

Appealing a school suspension or expulsion in Ohio: What parents should know about the laws on K-12 school discipline  There are a few certainties in life. Death and taxes, of course. But equally as certain is the fact that our children will make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are made in school, where the consequences might…

HELP! I need to call a lawyer.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Contacting an Attorney  Understand Your Deadlines & Call as Soon as You Have Them  If you only need to respond with your intent to appeal, do so as soon as possible to start the process. For K12 items, this can generally be done via email to your child’s…

Relief Has Been Denied in Most Anti-Masking Lawsuits Against Schools

Mark Weiker, Esq., Albeit Weiker, LLP Over the last two years, Ohio school boards have become a lightning rod for citizens to unload their personal and political thoughts on almost everything pandemic related. From virtual learning to masking to quarantining, school boards have absorbed the diverse and sometimes raucous opinions of their constituents. Outcomes in…

Homework Helper: Reading and Math Tips

The new school year is upon us and kids are going back to in-person learning. That means that your children will have homework to tackle when they get home. Here are some easy ideas to make homework time less stressful for you and your kids. General Tips Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit…

Parents: What to do if your child is caught cheating.

            If glancing over at a classmate’s test answer or scribbling an equation on the back of a hand are what comes to mind when you hear about students cheating, you need to keep reading! Technology and the internet have provided a vast, changing, and increasingly confusing landscape that has blurred the lines for students…

Educators should carefully consider school policies regarding masking.

                As you prepare your classrooms with supplies, fun stimuli, and all the accoutrements of a cozy room for fostering learning and creativity, let’s hope you also have time to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year mentally; not just for the continued repetitive phrases of “unprecedented times” and “socially distanced,” but also for the difficult…

Understanding Amended Ohio House Bill 244 – The Vaccine Discrimination Bill

With schools, masks, and vaccinations being at the top of many parent’s minds, the recently passed, soon to take effect Amended House Bill (H.B.) 244 has been the subject of much discussion.  Set to take effect on October 13, 2021, the relevant amendment of H.B. 244 prohibits public schools from the following: Requiring any individual…

What is NIL and what does it mean for student athletes?

“NIL” has become THE hot acronym in college sports. It stands for “name, image, and likeness”, and describes rights that have now been recognized in Ohio through Executive Order 2021-10d, signed by Governor DeWine on June 28th of this year. The Order went into effect on July 1st. Simply put, Governor DeWine’s action now allows…

Public schools with “mask optional” policies risk losing immunity.

A.         The Choice Boards of education in Ohio have been placed in a tough position to start the school year. Boards have been forced to choose whether to require masks for their students and employees. Schools were placed in this position because the state legislature effectively removed the power of the Governor and the…