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Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) "1st Look" Updating School Safety Policies

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting-coming on the heels of a number of other prior school shootings around the country-schools, parents, and local law enforcement agencies are hurrying to re-examine school safety policies and practices. On April 9, 2018, hear a Juvenile Court judge, a deputy superintendent of police, and parents'-side and school-side attorneys discuss the factors that schools need to consider when revamping their policies, as well as the contentious issues that may arise. For more information or to register, please see:

Youth at Risk Conference 2018

Catherine Lyons will present "What's Hot? Updates on Essential Special Education Cases and Trends" at the annual Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference on June 8, 2018 at Salem State University. YAR is an all-day conference for professionals working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings (family, community, school, religious, healthcare, human service, recreational and legal). Attendees include social workers, psychologists, youth counselors, family therapists, educators, school adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, community and public health workers, program managers, agency and organization CEO's, police officers, juvenile court personnel, lawyers, and volunteers. Registration information is available at or contact [email protected].

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference 2018

Catherine Lyons Co-Chaired the 18th annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference on March 9, 2018, moderating panels on special education due process practice and procedure and legal hot topics. To obtain the recorded webcast and materials, please see:

Lyons & Rogers' Special Education Summits

Nearly 400 educators from 87 different school districts and collaboratives attended Lyons & Rogers' annual Special Education Summits this fall. Topics included the inclusion of students with disabilities in extra-curricular and non-academic activities, case law year-in-review, discipline dilemmas and the essential questions to ask before suspending a student. Hot legal issues and trends were also reviewed including proportionate share funding, data breaches, First Amendment issues, transportation services, managing settlement agreements, GPS trackers for students, extended day services, and blended/virtual schools.

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Summer Academy for School Nurses

Catherine Lyons presented "Hot Topics for School Nurses: Legal Issues in School Health" at Northeastern University's School Health Academy on August 7, 2017. Topics included the critical role of nurses in the school setting, service animals, individualized health care plans (IHPs), Section 504 and ADA requirements, food allergies and chemical sensitivities, investigating reported medical conditions, HIPPA and FERPA, documentation traps, and chronic absenteeism.

Boot Camp 2017

Lyons & Rogers' conducted a three-day Boot Camp, "Special Education Law from A to Z" sponsored by the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School on August 1, 2, and 3, 2017. Educators from sixteen different school districts attended this year. Topics included managing conflict and the team process, strategies for ensuring compliance, placement decisions and LRE considerations, FBAs and BIPs, bullying, discipline for students with disabilities, confidentiality and FERPA, transition planning, drafting persuasive prior written notice forms (N1s), dealing with experts, consensus building, and Section 504 determinations.

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Superintendents' Institute 2017

Catherine Lyons presented "Creating Inclusive Schools: Legal Lessons Learned" with Dr. Barbara Cataldo at the M.A.S.S. Superintendents' Institute on July 19, 2017.