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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines to Implement Mandatory Deadline for Charter School Renewal Process

January 11th, 2022

In a recent decision that will most certainly aid the re-convened Charter School Appeal Board (CAB) tackle a review backlog due to its recent hiatus, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Section 1729-A(a) of the Charter School law does not impose a mandatory deadline by which a school district must decide to renew or not renew a charter school’s charter.  

EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance: When Is COVID-19 Considered a Disability Under the Law?

January 6th, 2022

This new EEOC guidance focuses more broadly on COVID-19, not only Long COVID, and specifically in the context of employment discrimination.

PA Supreme Court Affirms Commonwealth Decision, Overturns Mask Mandate for Schools

December 10th, 2021

In what will likely be the final chapter of the roller coaster school mask mandate saga in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed the Commonwealth Court’s November 10, 2021, order voiding Acting Secretary of Health’s masking requirement throughout Pennsylvania’s schools. The decision is effective immediately.

Federal Court Decision Substantially Limits Board Control of Public Comments

December 7th, 2021

Recently, U.S. District Judge, Gene Pratter, explained free speech safeguards apply to individuals speaking at public board meetings and entered an order against Pennsbury School District stating the school board’s policies concerning public comments were vague and overbroad. 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Puts a Pin in Plans to End School Masks By December 4

November 30th, 2021

The ever-evolving saga of the school mask mandate in Pennsylvania took another twist as the litigation over the masking requirement continues.  

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Adds Yet Another Caution to Disciplining Student Speech

November 19th, 2021

In J.S. v. Manheim Township School District, the Court developed this new true threat standard by reasoning that in order for schools to censor a student’s First Amendment right, it shall determine whether the student intended the communication to be a serious expression of an intent to inflict harm.

Beginning December 4, Court Says Schools Must Decide On Their Own Whether to Enforce Masks

November 17th, 2021

As of December 4, 2021, schools must decide on their own whether to enforce mask wearing moving forward.  

Court Speaks on Requirement for Medical Documentation for Medical Mask Exemptions

November 15th, 2021

On November 11, 2021, Judge Mariani, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a request for a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of a policy adopted by the Delaware Valley School Board that allowed for medical exemption from the Department of Health’s mandatory masking Order of September 7th without medical documentation.

Commonwealth Court Rules Against Schools Masks, Governor Wolf Plans To File Immediate Appeal

November 10th, 2021

Earlier today, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled in favor of petitioners seeking an injunction to prevent Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam from enforcing a Masking Order for anyone in the public school environment. The Governor has vowed an immediate appeal of the court ruling.

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standards for Mandatory Employee COVID Vaccinations

November 4th, 2021

A federal judge in the Southern District of Texas recently upheld an employer’s requirement that its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be terminated from employment.