Thank you to all of those who have been sending in questions and attending the webinars! In response to the overwhelming interest in the special education issues, we are hosting an expanded version of this webinar in Q&A format.

In this session, we will discuss the challenges of offering FAPE in a quarantine or self-quarantine setting, identify current federal guidance regarding providing services to students with special needs during the COVID-19 quarrantine or a similar crisis, explain the potential discrepancies and impact of differences between black-letter law & federal/state guidance, and examine potential challenges and issues not addressed by current established state or federal guidance.

Participants are encouraged to go to edlawinteractive.com and type questions into the "Coronavirus & K-12 Schools Discussion Forum" under the Special Ed. tab. We will be taking questions directly from that forum as well as during the webinar.
Friday March 27, 2020, starting at 1:00 PM EDT
  • I. Issue Overview: Practical Challenges of FAPE (and When FAPE Is Required)
  • II. Discussion of Current Federal Guidance and Resources
  • III. Discrepancies between Guidance and Law: What They Mean & How to Prepare
  • IV. Challenges & Issues Not Addressed by Current Guidance: What Schools Need to Know
Erin Gilsbach
Executive Director
Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., is the Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive, which specializes in legal training for educators and school administrators. An experienced speaker both nationally and in her home state of Pennsylvania, Erin currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys and is Past-President of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She provides legal consulting and training services to schools, education-related organizations in the areas of special education; development of legally-defensible policies and procedures; trending legal issues regarding technology and education; nursing and school health services; truancy prevention; child abuse prevention and mandated reporting; educator evaluation and discipline; and many other school law topics.

​Voted by her peers as a "Rising Star Attorney" for 5 consecutive years, Erin began her career as a public high school English teacher, and she served for several years at the PA Department of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. She was selected as the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education's (CASE) "2018 Distinguished Speaker." In 2017, she served as the legal consultant for the desk reference "Legal Issues in School Health Services,” and she is the author of a handbook on health-related special education issues for LRP Publications, which is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2019.
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