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Using Analytics to Support Students in the Midst of a Pandemic
As schools re-open for the 2021-2022 school year, educators find themselves preparing for a myriad of challenges. From establishing health and safety guidelines for a safe reopening, to managing the ever-increasing concerns around the mental health of staff and students, to benchmarking student performance, schools are once again facing a school year unlike any other.
School Counselors’ Impact on Suicide Prevention
In 2019 we saw the first decrease in suicide rates since 1998. That’s the good news. But you would probably not be surprised to learn that the story was different in 2020. While it’s too soon to get the data for suicide rates, the CDC reports hospitals saw a significant uptick in the number of children under 18 admitted for mental health emergencies in the past year. Suicide attempts have skyrocketed, more than double the numbers in 2019.Continue Reading
Recommitting to RTI/MTSS After COVID-19 School Closures
Lately, in my conversations with schools, I have noted that educators in my own state of New York and other parts of the country are breathing a deep sigh of relief. The COVID-19 interruption to public education, which began over a year ago, appears finally to be ending. There is every likelihood that schools will return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall of 2021.
Extended School Year 2021: Top 5 Ways to Limit Legal Risk
COVID-19 created extraordinary circumstances in education. Closures and remote instruction isolated students, required novel IEP implementations, and raised significant questions about whether student needs were appropriately met. Those extraordinary circumstances raised extraordinary questions about school legal exposure under conventional legal requirements.Continue Reading
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Creating a Culture of Caring: Suicide Prevention in Schools
Mental health awareness is on the rise in education, and with good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 19 — only accidents cause more. It’s prompted many education leaders to consider what role they can play in supporting students affected by mental health challenges.Continue Reading
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COVID-19-Related Compensatory Services Under Section 504
Unexpected school closures happened so quickly in the early days of the pandemic. Managers of Section 504 programs faced — and still face — a great deal of uncertainty because closures and hybrid learning don’t change the fact that schools are responsible for preventing discrimination and providing the appropriate supports for students with disabilities to ensure they enjoy equal opportunity to access education. However, making sure students receive the services they’re entitled to during a global pandemic isn’t easy and introduces a lot of questions from a compliance perspective.Continue Reading
Guide to Fee-for-Service Medicaid Claiming for Schools
In today’s culture, schools do more than just educate. They are outreach centers, health care providers, and community leaders who are integral to connecting families to services. Much of this is rooted in the development of schools as health care providers and Medicaid outreach organizations.Continue Reading
Diagnosing the School Nurse Shortage
As schools across the country grapple with the myriad challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, school nurses and their role in stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus have found themselves in the spotlight. This scrutiny has also served to highlight a problem that long predated the pandemic: the school nurse shortage.Continue Reading
How DC Public Schools Use Student Data to Support Mental Health
The question of how to support students’ mental health was top of mind before the pandemic. Now it’s more critical than ever. COVID-19 has been an ongoing traumatic event for many students. And as schools reopen virtually or in person, figuring out which students need support — and how to support them — is a growing challenge for schools.Continue Reading
Q&A: Legal Issues When Schools Reopen
How can schools avoid legal exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic? In August, School Law practitioner John B. Comegno II, Esq. presented a webinar on schools' legal considerations as they set about reopening. Here, John responds to audience questions about that topic.Continue Reading
School-Based Medicaid Billing: Maximizing Your Random Moment Time Study
The Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) is a critical element of both school-based Medicaid Administrative Claiming and Cost Reconciliation and Settlement. However, each state’s implementation of the RMTS determines how it is administered and to what extent individual districts can impact the results. This guide will help you understand what the RMTS is, when it’s used, and to how you can maximize your results.Continue Reading