HR, Compliance, and Policies

Educational institutions must comply with laws and regulations, satisfy employee expectations, and implement policies that foster learning and safety. Through this learning pathway, you will learn how to meet these mandatory administrative requirements.

HR, Compliance, and Policies

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  1. Supreme Court’s Free Speech Decision: What Schools Must Know
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    Supreme Court’s Free Speech Decision: What Schools Must Know
    Scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period. Thursday, August 25, 2022; 12:00 PM Eastern

    Educational law expert Rick Verstegen will distill the critical points from the Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist. Decision. You will learn how to adapt to comply.

    What You'll Learn

    • How does the decision affect employee speech in schools?
    • How will this decision impact religious practices by employees?
    • What actions can schools take to address religious actions by employees?
    • How should you update policies?
    • What tests can help determine the appropriateness of speech?
    • How can schools avoid Establishment Clause violations while allowing speech?
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    Supreme Court’s Free Speech Decision: What Schools Must Know
    Thursday, August 25, 2022; 12:00 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  2. What The Supreme Court Prayer Ruling Means For Schools
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    What The Supreme Court Prayer Ruling Means For Schools

    Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will distill the critical points of the Kennedy decision. You will learn how to adjust school policies and practices to comply with this case law.

    What You'll Learn

    • What does the Kennedy decision say? What does it mean?
    • May school districts restrict staff and student speech?
    • When is a staff member speaking as a private citizen or public employee?
    • What makes religious speech special?
    • What implications does the ruling have on holidays and other school practices?
    • Where is the Supreme Court headed from here?
  3. How to Legally Respond in K-12 Schools If a Student Threatens the School or Its Staff
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    How to Legally Respond in K-12 Schools If a Student Threatens the School or Its Staff
    Scheduled for 60 minutes including question and answer period. Wednesday, September 28, 2022; 4:30 PM Eastern

    Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will show you how to think and act more effectively in the face of the acute challenge of student violence. You will learn how to prevent and address threats.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the root causes of the K-12 student violence crisis?
    • How can you identify and track troubled students who may pose a threat?
    • What training should you provide to staff to respond to threats?
    • What role can anti-bullying policies and practices play?
    • What immediate precautions can you take against mass-shooting incidents?
    • How should you react to violent student behavior?
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    How to Legally Respond in K-12 Schools If a Student Threatens the School or Its Staff
    Wednesday, September 28, 2022; 4:30 PM Eastern
    Dr. Jim Castagnera
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  4. FMLA in 90 Minutes: What You Need to Know For Schools
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    FMLA in 90 Minutes: What You Need to Know For Schools
    Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period. Tuesday, August 23, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern

    Human resources expert Teri Morning will reveal how you must revise policies and procedures to incorporate the latest laws and evolving regulations. You will learn how to treat educational employees fairly.

    What You'll Learn

    • What specific FMLA policy changes must you make for 2022–23?
    • What are the unique leave requirements for schools?
    • What steps should you take to maximize government funding?
    • When is COVID-19 a reason for taking FMLA leave?
    • How should you administer intermittent leave?
    • When must you provide for emergency sick leave?
    • When are you required to engage in the ADA interactive process?
    • How should you make requests for employee medical information?
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    FMLA in 90 Minutes: What You Need to Know For Schools
    Tuesday, August 23, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern
    Teri Morning
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  5. Title IX Appeals In K-12 Schools
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    Title IX Appeals In K-12 Schools
    Scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period. Thursday, September 15, 2022; 1:30 PM Eastern

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will take you step-by-step through how to appropriately address appeal decision-making within the Title IX grievance process. You will learn how to draft complete and thorough decisions on appeals.

    What You'll Learn

    • How should you address an appeal filed on a written determination?
    • What notice of appeal must you provide to the parties?
    • What are eligible bases for appeal?
    • How should parties respond to an appeal?
    • What common issues arise when reviewing appeals?
    • How should you convey the final decision to the parties?
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    Title IX Appeals In K-12 Schools
    Thursday, September 15, 2022; 1:30 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  6. COVID-19 IEP Accommodations For Special Education Students
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    COVID-19 IEP Accommodations For Special Education Students
    Scheduled for 60 minutes including question and answer period. Tuesday, September 27, 2022; 4:30 PM Eastern

    Richard Verstegen, an education attorney, will explain the best practices foraddressing requests for COVID-19 mitigation measures. You will learn how to keep vulnerable students safe

    What You'll Learn

    • Can IEP and Section 504 teams incorporate mitigation measures into plans?
    • What documentation should you request to support mitigation measures?
    • What does recent research reveal about long-term COVID-19 consequences?
    • How should you document decisions regarding mitigation measures?
    • What alternatives can you propose for students who cannot safely attend school?
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    COVID-19 IEP Accommodations For Special Education Students
    Tuesday, September 27, 2022; 4:30 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  7. How To Write Title IX Determinations (K-12)
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    How To Write Title IX Determinations (K-12)

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will show you how to draft appropriate written determinations. You will learn the current Department of Education regulations you must follow when documenting Title IX complaint decisions and actions.

    What You'll Learn

    • Who should write determinations?
    • What information should a written determination include?
    • How should you document any remedies or sanctions?
    • How should you address responses to the report?
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    How To Write Title IX Determinations (K-12)
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  8.  K-12 School Legal Guide For Special Events
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    K-12 School Legal Guide For Special Events

    Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will summarize the legal issues regarding special events on school campuses. You will learn how to adapt to the current situation while limiting liability.

    What You'll Learn

    • hat liability does the school district have for injuries at special events?
    • Does the risk of COVID-19 spreading at events increase your district’s liability?
    • What is the potential for personal liability among board members and staff?
    • What roles do constitutional and statutory immunity play?
    • How can liability insurance mitigate risk?
    • How must you accommodate students with disabilities at special events?
    • What are the liability differences between school-sponsored events and the use of facilities by outside groups?
    • How are schools considered limited public forums? May you deny access?
  9. What To Do If A Student Brings A Gun To School
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    What To Do If A Student Brings A Gun To School

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will help you identify legal risks inherent in school security issues. You will learn how to enhance safety and avoid liability for any breaches.

    What You'll Learn

    • How can you identify potential school security issues?
    • What steps should you take to monitor student behavior?
    • What laws apply to school security?
    • What policies should you put in place?
    • What guidance have agencies and associations provided to schools?
    • How should you respond to the report of a gun at school?
    • What are the best practices for working with law enforcement?
    • Can you use National Gun Violence Awareness Day to encourage safety?
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    What To Do If A Student Brings A Gun To School
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  10. How To Comply With Child Find Laws
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    How To Comply With Child Find Laws
    Scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period. Monday, September 12, 2022; 4:30 PM Eastern

    Richard Verstegen, a veteran education attorney will guide you through best practices associated with child find activities. You will learn how to comply with today’s legal requirements and avoid errors.

    What You'll Learn

    • When is IDEA’s child find requirement implicated?
    • Who can initiate the special education process?
    • What referral practices should you establish?
    • What roles do RTI and similar pre-referral procedures play?
    • What constitutes a comprehensive evaluation under the IDEA?
    • What rights do parents have to challenge district evaluations?
    • How should districts document the results of special education evaluations?
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    How To Comply With Child Find Laws
    Monday, September 12, 2022; 4:30 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  11. FERPA 101: K-12 Schools
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    FERPA 101: K-12 Schools
    Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period. Monday, October 10, 2022; 4:00 PM Eastern

    Expert Rick Verstegen will talk about privacy compliance in a way that both follows the law and your school’s ethic of care. You will learn how to treat students’ information in accordance with FERPA.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is an educational record?
    • What isn’t an educational record?
    • What rights does a student have to review and inspect their educational records?
    • What rights do the parents of K-12 students have?
    • What must be included in a FERPA release form?
    • When personally identifiable information can you release without consent?
    • What situations qualify as a “health and safety emergency”?
    • When can a student or parent request an amendment to educational records?
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    FERPA 101: K-12 Schools
    Monday, October 10, 2022; 4:00 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
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  12. Can They Really Say That? K-12 Students’ First Amendment Rights In 2022
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    Can They Really Say That? K-12 Students’ First Amendment Rights In 2022

    Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will explain the First Amendment rules that affect students. You will learn how to adapt your policies to comply with recent court decisions.

    What You'll Learn

    • Do First Amendment rules apply to minor students?
    • What should a legal student speech policy look like in 2022?
    • How do recent Supreme Court free speech decisions affect schools?
    • How can you manage student newspapers and other media?
    • What are the ACLU, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and other advocacy groups watching for?

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