News from Thrun Law

September 11, 2017

The Fire Prevention Code requires that local school districts, ISDs, and PSAs that operate any grades from kindergarten to grade 12 conduct various school safety drills throughout the school year. These drills include:

  • A minimum of five fire drills, with three being conducted by December 1, and two being conducted in the remainder of the school year.
  • A minimum of two tornado drills, with one of the drills being conducted in March.
  • A minimum of three lockdown...
September 4, 2017

Throughout the school year, we receive numerous questions about the appropriate language for, and how to implement, board policies and procedures that apply to students. Below are examples of some student-related board policies that should be in place to ensure a successful start to the school year.

Student Discipline...

August 24, 2017

As reported in the July 2017 edition of School Law Notes, local school districts, ISDs, and PSAs are required to implement a comprehensive seclusion and restraint training framework in accordance with Michigan Department of Education (MDE) guidelines that includes: (1) awareness training for all school personnel who have...

April 17, 2017

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education jointly released a new “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) rescinding previous guidance about transgender students. The DCL states that the previous guidance, which instructed schools to allow students to access sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity, will not...

April 10, 2017

As part of our service to retainer clients, Thrun Law Firm, P.C., will host its annual client seminar at five locations this spring. Our spring seminars are pro­vided at no cost to our retainer clients. The registra­tion materials and other event details are attached. You may register online at:

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April 9, 2017

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a student’s IEP must be “rea­sonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances” to satisfy a school’s obligation to provide students with disabilities a free appropriate public education. Endrew F. v Douglas County Sch Dist, RE-1, No. 15-827 (March 22, 2017). The decision clarifies a 35-year-old legal standard adopted by the Court in Bd of Ed of Hendrick Hudson...

March 30, 2017

In recent years, the Michigan Department of Treasury has moved to an online filing system for municipal finance forms, in­cluding the annual Qualifying Statement. Treasury’s new filing procedure has generated numerous questions and has resulted in some municipal forms being unnecessarily rejected due to simple, avoidable misunderstandings.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1:15pm at MSBO’s Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, representatives of Treasury’s Local Audit and...

March 20, 2017

In our December 22, 2016, edition of School Law Notes, we discussed the Michigan Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Michigan Gun Owners, Inc v Ann Arbor Pub Schs, Docket No. 329632 (December 16, 2016).  In that case, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that public schools have the authority to adopt policies...

March 6, 2017

The recent deluge of Freedom of Information Act requests serves as a reminder to schools to ensure that their FOIA policy is up to date and that administrators are well-versed in FOIA guidelines and procedures.

FOIA officers should grant routine FOIA requests as soon as possible to avoid undue delay and the risk of losing track of unfulfilled requests. After receiving a FOIA request, school officials have only five business days to either grant or deny the request, in whole or in part...

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