Disciplining students can create a mess of legal issues. Disciplining students with special needs can get even messier. Our seasoned legal faculty will show you which response strategies are legally sound, and which will land you in hot water. Put an end to disruptive behavior without creating ammunition for a lawsuit - register today!
Determine when different types of discipline are (and are not) appropriate.
Learn how to evaluate if the misbehavior is a manifestation of a student's disability.
Discover how to conduct FBAs and design BIPs to address a student's behavioral issues.
Understand schools' legal obligations when students with disabilities are being bullied.
This course is part of the Special Education Law in Ohio series.
This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for up to 2.0 self-study CLE credit hours, including 0.0 hour of attorney professional conduct instruction. No more than 12.0 hours of approved self-study CLE credit may be earned for a biennial reporting period.
RYAN M. GEMBALA is a partner in the Ohio law firm O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora, Co., and a member of the firm’s education practice group. Mr. Gembala provides a variety of legal services to public school districts, including handling labor and employment issues, grievances, and arbitrations; state employment relations board and unfair labor practice matters; employee and student disciplinary matters; and collective bargaining negotiations. He regularly consults with school district clients on compliance matters, including effective compliance with ADA, IDEA, the Civil Rights Act, and related statutes and regulations. He also works with his clients on privacy matters, including navigating the Ohio Sunshine Law, the Public Records Act, and the Open Meetings Act, among others. As a litigator, Mr. Gembala has represented clients in state, federal, and administrative matters, including appellate matters. He is an active member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association; and is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Ohio, the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Northern and Western districts of New York. Mr. Gembala earned his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, and his bachelor’s degree with honors from The Ohio State University.
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