Month

May 2020
Q:        Our district is concerned with additional COVID-19 interruptions during the 2020-2021 school year and is planning on implementing an intersessional calendar with an earlier start date. Will the penalty-free resignation deadline for our teachers change if our school year begins earlier? A:        Yes, the penalty free resignation period for Chapter 21 contract...
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Q:       Summer is fast approaching. In light of COVID-19, are we going to be able to offer traditional, in-person summer school? A:        Yes, the Commissioner of Education issued guidance on May 18, 2020, relating to considerations and guidelines for in-person summer school. The guidance issued by the Commissioner provides requirements, as well as recommendations...
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Q:        The District currently is in the review stages for several contracts and will be ready for signatures and finalization soon. Can the District use electronic means to finalize these contracts? A:        Yes, the District may use electronic signatures, so long as both parties agree to conduct the transaction electronically and any electronic signatures...
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Q:        The District has implemented mandatory medical screening—in the form of a “no-touch” temperature gun—of employees who enter the administration building in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued guidance suggesting that such testing is permissible, but a custodial employee has alleged that the screening “violates...
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Q:        At the time our District closed in person instruction due to COVID-19, we had students in the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (“DAEP”). Since the closure, the District has been continuing to provide DAEP instruction through distance learning methods. Do we have the flexibility to count this type of instruction toward the students’...
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