- John B. Comegno II
- 1 Hour 55 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Mar 27, 2020
This recording, presented by nationally-recognized school law practitioner, litigator, and law professor, John B. Comegno II, Esq., will explore and provide practical and concrete answers for school administrators, special educators and teachers navigating new legal dilemmas during the present COVID-19 school closures. The discussion will review current USDOE direction and guidance, relevant law, as well as best practices.
Top 10 COVID-19 Questions
- Are schools required to implement IEPs and provide FAPE during school closures?
- Do students need to receive 180 days of instruction?
- Are states required to administer federal assessments?
- May schools lay-off part-time/hourly/daily employees who are not currently working?
- Are schools required to pay stipends?
- May schools video/audio record lessons?
- Are schools required to notify staff and community regarding COVID-19 positive cases?
- How do schools evaluate remote instruction teacher effectiveness?
- Are timelines frozen during the closures?
- How do schools continue to support student mental health?
Comegno Law Group
John B. Comegno II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, P.C., is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.
Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process.
Mr. Comegno also has extensive experience in handling general, day-to-day student issues. These range from compulsory education, student safety and disciplinary incidents, to constitutional concerns involving free speech and religious expression. In addition to handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.
Drawing from hundreds of lectures to thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages and entertains.
Financial: John Comegno II is president of Comegno Law Group PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: John Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association; and the New Jersey State Bar Association.