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Special Education Summit 2020

On October 2, 2020, over 350 educators from 82 different school districts and collaborative programs participated in Lyons & Rogers’ 9th annual Special Education Summit. This year’s event was held virtually. Sessions included: Your COVID-19 Questions Answered, Case Law Year in Review, and The Top Ten Compensatory Education Cases Every Educator Needs to Know: Avoiding and Defending Compensatory Claims Arising from the COVID-19 School Closures and Re-opening Plans. For more information about the 2021 Special Education Summit please contact us at: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.

Prepare Parents to Attend Virtual 504 Meetings

Implementing Section 504 plans may look different in remote learning environments, but ensuring parental participation remains essential to the decision making process. Virtual 504 Meetings LRP Article.

MCLE Back to School Legal Landmines in a COVID-19 World

On August 31, 2020, Catherine Lyons moderated a panel of experienced education and labor law attorneys to discuss the unprecedented logistical and legal issues permeating the return to school this fall. Topics included: health and safety protocols for in-person instruction; educational services for vulnerable populations including students with disabilities, English learners, and young children; special education and compensatory services; and employees’ requests for leave and accommodations. For the recorded webinar and conference materials, please see: https://www.mcle.org/.

MCLE School Law Conference 2020

Catherine Lyons Co-Chaired the 20th annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) School Law Conference on August 12, 2020. Experienced attorneys and educational professionals presented significant updates from the past year, including a comprehensive review of changes in the law deriving from court cases, BSEA decisions, legislation, and regulatory changes. Cat moderated panels on: Preventing and Responding to Harassment in the #MeToo Era and Hot Topics in Education Law. For the recorded webinar and conference materials, please see: https://www.mcle.org/.

Demystifying Virtual IEP Team Meetings

On April 30, 2020, Catherine Lyons and Amy Rogers presented a webinar on everything you ever wanted to know about how to conduct legally compliant, effective and productive virtual IEP team meetings. Topics included: ensuring accessibility, procedural compliance, confidentiality and privacy, maintaining professionalism online, and more! For more information about Lyons & Rogers’ professional development offerings, please contact us at: https://www.lyonsandrogers.com/contact/.

MCLE’s “1st Look” at Advising Clients on Contingency Planning for Coronavirus

Catherine Lyons joined a panel of legal experts for an MCLE webcast on March 26, 2020, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on public schools, and the development of strategies to mitigate the negative effects of school closures on students, families, and school districts. Other legal experts on the webcast shared insights in the areas of employment, contracts, and higher education. A copy of the webcast may be obtained at: https://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2200328WAU.

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