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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Accused of College Misconduct? Here are 5 Tips from a Lawyer

Are you a college student facing an accusation from your school’s Academic Misconduct or Code of Conduct office? Here are 5 tips from attorneys who have seen real-life success. Find a Trusted Support Person (or a few) There are several reasons you should immediately find support when you are facing an allegation of cheating, nonconsensual…