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…

Compensatory Education & Recovery Services

Compensatory Education & Recovery Services: COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS FOR STUDENTS ON IEPs & 504 Plans On March 12, 2020, Governor DeWine ordered all of Ohio’s public, community and private K-12 school buildings to be closed due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. If a school district closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and did not…

Updates on State Testing for Spring 2021: Ohio School Law

Does my child have to participate in spring testing? We can all agree that 2020 was a year like we have never experienced before. The educational institutions tried their best to accommodate the changing situation and help support students the best that they could. One of those ways was to forgo the traditional state testing…

Can I Leave Work to Attend an IEP Meeting?

FMLA LEAVE MAY BE AVAILABLE TO PARENTS TO ATTEND IEP MEETINGS   On August 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“the DOL”) issued guidance on whether an employee may take protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to attend a meeting to discuss the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) of the employee’s son or daughter. U.S. Dept. of Labor, WHD, FMLA 2019-2-A(August 8,…

A Teacher’s Guide to Beating First Week Jitters

It’s about that time of year again. The time when the specialty sections of Kroger and Target are stocked with rainbow bins, cartoon backpacks, and discount Crayolas. The time when you frantically fill your calendar with shopping trips, haircuts, and last minute summer fun. That’s right–it’s back to school season! The bittersweet ending of summer…

Talking to Children About Terrorism

Written by Danielle Randolph, School Psychologist & AW’s newest Student Advocate In today’s world, parents are faced with the challenge of explaining violence, terrorism and war to children. Although difficult, these conversations are extremely important. They give parents an opportunity to help their children feel more secure and understand the world in which they live….

Beating Summer Scaries (For You, Teacher)

Hey there.  I see you in your yoga pants and top knot. I know you don’t know what day it is. I’m right there with you. A fellow teacher on summer break. These last two months have been glorious for us: Unlimited pee breaks, Finishing our coffee while it’s still warm, Having more than 20…

All (Kids) Hail the Queen

Written by attorney Morgan Masters from Albeit Weiker, LLP; former prosecutor, now student defense attorney, but most importantly, a mother of two. Smartphones, tablets, and computers are awesome resources for kids. They can provide healthy entertainment, useful learning software, and effective tools for independence. Of course, we all know that these devices can open children’s eyes to…

E+R=O: A Special Education Mindset

E + R = O: A Special Education Mindset Fighting for an individualized and appropriate education Let’s imagine you are not receiving progress reports on your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You have that parental instinct that something isn’t right. How do you stand up to district administrators, who are specifically trained in the field…