Tag: School Law

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Extending Deadline for COVID-19 Special Education Claims

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Extending Deadline for COVID-19 Special Education Claims

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation extending the period of time a parent, guardian, or local educational agency has to request a due process hearing regarding the education of a child with disabilities during a COVID-19 school closure or during periods of virtual, remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction. The extension is

What Happens When New Jersey’s School Mask Mandate Ends on March 7?

What Happens When New Jersey’s School Mask Mandate Ends on March 7?

On February 7, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy announced that masks and facial coverings will no longer be mandated for students, staff, or visitors in schools and childcare centers effective March 7, 2022. Going forward, local school districts can decide whether to implement their own universal masking policies. COVID Metrics Prompt Lifting

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Incentivizing School District Regionalization

New Jersey has about 600 public school districts, which exceeds the total number of municipalities in the state. Changes could be coming under a school district regionalization bill Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law.  The new law, Senate Bill No. 3488, modifies certain procedures pertaining to school district regionalization,

What School Districts Should Know About Key Changes to New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Law

What School Districts Should Know About Key Changes to New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Law 

On January 10, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S-1790/A-1662 to amend and strengthen New Jersey’s existing anti-bullying law (“New Law”). Many of the changes aim to create a school climate that will decrease harassment, intimidation and bullying (“HIB”), using various tools, such as the creation of a School Climate State

New Law Creates Special Education Unit Within Office of Administrative Law

New Law Creates Special Education Unit Within Office of Administrative Law

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation, S-2160/A-5701, that establishes a special education unit within the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The special education unit will consist of Administrative Law Judges having expertise in special education law.   The goal of the special education unit is to help address the long-standing special

New Law Requires NJ School Districts to Implement Anti-Hazing Policies

New Law Requires NJ School Districts to Implement Anti-Hazing Policies 

On August 24, 2021, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Timothy J. Piazza’s Law… On August 24, 2021, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Timothy J. Piazza’s Law. The new law requires public and non-public middle schools and high schools, as well as higher education institutions, to adopt anti-hazing policies

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for NJ School Districts

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for NJ School Districts

Navigating COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for New Jersey school districts… Navigating COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for New Jersey school districts. When implementing policies for the 2021-2022 school year, it is important to recognize that guidance continues to evolve, and policies may need to be adjusted accordingly.

When May NJ Schools Discipline Students for Off-Campus Speech?

When May NJ Schools Discipline Students for Off-Campus Speech?

SCOTUS recently held that a school district’s decision to suspend a student for social media posts violates the First Amendment… The U.S. Supreme Court held in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. that the school district’s decision to suspend student B. L. from the cheerleading team, for social media posts