Part 1: Student Emotional/Behavioral and Mental Health Needs. In a recent national survey of public school leaders, 87% agreed or strongly agreed that the pandemic has negatively impacted student socio-emotional development, and 84% agreed or strongly agreed that students’ behavioral development has been negatively affected by the pandemic.

We invite you to join Andreana BellachPeter Maher and Julie Jaquays for an engaging discussion of legal trends, developments and opportunities in the area of special education. This panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 8:30 am and will review recent legislative changes, OSEP and OCR policy guidance regarding students with disabilities and discipline, and case law focused on student emotional/behavioral and mental health. This session will also include practical suggestions for school leaders in addressing these matters.

This complimentary session will be a hybrid event, and you are welcome to attend in-person at our Hartford office or join us on Zoom. Registration is required for both in-person and Zoom attendance. This is a live event and will not be recorded, so register today

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Photo of Andreana R. Bellach Andreana R. Bellach

Andreana represents boards of education in education law matters, labor relations and employment law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes, and education policies and practices. Andreana frequently speaks on…

Andreana represents boards of education in education law matters, labor relations and employment law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes, and education policies and practices. Andreana frequently speaks on education law and labor relations matter.

Photo of Peter J. Maher Peter J. Maher

Peter Maher represents boards of education and other entities in all areas of school law, with an emphasis on special education issues, labor and employment matters and, more recently, issues related to school operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A former educator, Peter draws…

Peter Maher represents boards of education and other entities in all areas of school law, with an emphasis on special education issues, labor and employment matters and, more recently, issues related to school operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A former educator, Peter draws on his firsthand knowledge of the needs and goals of school stakeholders to provide practical, community-specific and timely counsel that helps prevent problems when possible and solve them when necessary. Whether navigating sensitive special education matters or advising on day-to-day district operations, he partners with his clients to identify opportunities and pursue a clear path in the face of today’s challenges.

Photo of Julie P. Jaquays Julie P. Jaquays

Julie Jaquays is an associate at the firm.

Prior to joining Shipman, Julie was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Jeffrey Alker Meyer for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and a Certified Legal Intern for the New Haven…

Julie Jaquays is an associate at the firm.

Prior to joining Shipman, Julie was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Jeffrey Alker Meyer for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and a Certified Legal Intern for the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.