FERPA and HIPAA in the Age of Distance Learning and Remote Services: What Every Teacher, Counselor, and Clinician Needs to Know

Nationwide school closures raise novel questions regarding remote services, HIPAA, FERPA, and more. As you transition your valuable work to remote service ...
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John B. Comegno II
57 Minutes
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May 13, 2020


Nationwide school closures raise novel questions regarding remote services, HIPAA, FERPA, and more.   

As you transition your valuable work to remote service delivery, it’s imperative that you know the legalities that are involved, including: 

  • Are there additional consent requirements? 
  • How are FERPA and HIPAA enforced? 
  • What FAPE obligations remain for special educators? 
  • How can school and clinical professionals stay within compliance? 
  • What’s the difference between synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction and service delivery? 

Join John Comegno, Esq., leading school law practitioner and nationally recognized trainer, for an informative and entertaining 1-hour recording where he answers these questions and more! 

Don’t miss this opportunity to be sure your legal bases are covered – purchase today! 




  • Differences and similarities 
  • Which applies in school, and does it matter? 

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)  

  • Is it still required during school closures? 
  • IDEA & Section 504 definitions 
  • USDOE guidance 
  • State direction 
  • Consent, Confidentiality, & Risk Management 
  • Consent v Waiver 
  • May we ask parents/guardians to “sign” consent? 
  • Effect of IEPs 
  • Danger! Danger! 
  • How to “confidentially” support student mental health during school closures 

Providing Mental Health Support 

  • Telehealth v. Teletherapy 
  • Should we engage in tele-therapy? 
  • Synchronous v asynchronous 
  • Individual v group related services 


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Comegno Law Group

John B. Comegno II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, P.C., is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.

Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process.

Mr. Comegno also has extensive experience in handling general, day-to-day student issues. These range from compulsory education, student safety and disciplinary incidents, to constitutional concerns involving free speech and religious expression. In addition to handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.

Drawing from hundreds of lectures to thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages and entertains.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John Comegno II is president of Comegno Law Group PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: John Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association; and the New Jersey State Bar Association.