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. How To Comply With The McKinney-Vento Act This Year
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    How To Comply With The McKinney-Vento Act This Year
    Scheduled for 60 minutes including question and answer period. Wednesday, February 2, 2022; 12:30 PM Eastern

    Education law expert Jim Castagnera will explain all the details of the McKinney-Vento Act. You will learn the specific actions you must take to comply and help your students as the new semester begins.

    What You'll Learn

    • Which children qualify as homeless under the Act?
    • Are schools required to identify students who qualify as homeless?
    • May a student or family self-identify to qualify for educational benefits?
    • How can you ensure that children identified as homeless aren’t stigmatized?
    • Where do students covered by the Act attend school?
    • Must a qualified student have a complete immunization record?
    • What school stability must you provide?
    • What support services are available to qualified students?
    • How should you resolve disputes between schools and students/parents?
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    How To Comply With The McKinney-Vento Act This Year
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022; 12:30 PM Eastern
    Dr. Jim Castagnera
    $129.00
  2. DEI: How To Create An Identity Safe School
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    DEI: How To Create An Identity Safe School

    Highly experienced, equity-focused leaders Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas and Amy Epstein will how to engage and unite students, staff, parents, caregivers, and the larger community as authentic partners to build and share a learning environment in which all feel genuinely seen, valued, and supported as their full selves.

    What You'll Learn

    • How can you create schoolwide belonging, acceptance, and inclusion?
    • What research-based strategies will strengthen students’ identities?
    • How should you address negative stereotypes, stereotype threats, and bias?
    • How can you help staff members reflect on their own identities?
    • How can data and assessment fuel belonging, inclusion, and equity?
    • What strategies should you use to introduce the concept of identity safety?
    • How can teachers get to know students, their names, and their pronouns?
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    DEI: How To Create An Identity Safe School
    Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas and Amy Epstein
    $79.00
  3. Legal Ways To Stop The Harm Of Social Media At Your School
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    Legal Ways To Stop The Harm Of Social Media At Your School

    School law expert Richard Verstegen will explain the legal aspects of addressing student mental health and social media. You will learn practical solutions to help students while minimizing liability.

    What You'll Learn

    • What legal obligations do you have to protect students from social media?
    • How can you help students monitor and evaluate social media use?
    • How should you address bullying and harassment?
    • What can you do to identify and avert crises?
    • What confidentiality laws relate to student social media use?
    • What specific steps can you take to protect students now?
  4. Suicide Prevention Laws For Schools: What K-12 Schools Must Do
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    Suicide Prevention Laws For Schools: What K-12 Schools Must Do

    Educational legal expert Rick Verstegen will detail the legal aspects of addressing student suicide prevention. You will learn practical solutions to minimize liability related to helping students struggling with mental health challenges.

    What You'll Learn

    • What obligations do you have to accommodate students with mental illnesses?
    • What duties do you have to protect students from self-injury?
    • Are you required to warn others about a student’s risk of self-injury?
    • What are the legal aspects of a suicide prevention program?
    • How should you handle crisis situations?
    • How do confidentiality laws cover mental health issues?
  5. Vaping Is Back: How To Stop It In Your School
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    Vaping Is Back: How To Stop It In Your School

    Melissa Fleischer will explain the insidious vaping epidemic and reveal the increasingly harmful impacts of this practice. You will learn practical tactics to protect your students lawfully.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is vaping? 
    • What are the particular risks of vaping for youth?
    • What are the current state and local laws prohibiting vaping?
    • Should you have a policy on e-cigarettes for students? Staff?
    • What devices can schools legally use in bathrooms to detect vaping?
    • What discipline is appropriate and legally condoned?
  6. How To Deal With K-12 Student, Family, And Employee Visa Issues
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    How To Deal With K-12 Student, Family, And Employee Visa Issues

    Education legal expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will explain the current landscape for immigrant students. You will learn what laws require and ensure students and staff are protected.

    What You'll Learn

    • What do federal laws say about immigrant students?
    • What does Plyler v. Doe mean to K-12 educators?
    • What information may you solicit from K-12 students and their families?
    • How should you collect and protect information from immigrant students?
    • Will US ICE agents raid a school in search of undocumented students?
    • What steps can you take to safeguard the education of immigrant students?
    • What are the requirements for certification of international educators?
  7. Title IX Complaints: Walk Through The Process Live With An Attorney
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    Title IX Complaints: Walk Through The Process Live With An Attorney

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will take you step-by-step through how to address reports of sexual harassment and formal complaints of sexual harassment. You will learn how to correctly and effectively investigate and decide these matters.

    What You'll Learn

    • How should you handle reports and formal complaints of sexual harassment?
    • How do scenarios differ?
    • What supportive measures must you provide and document?
    • How should you notify parties of a formal complaint?
    • What common issues do Title IX investigators face?
    • What options do you have for informal resolution or dismissal?
    • How do First Amendment concerns relate to Title IX?
    • What steps must you take to protect student records?
  8. Vaccines Mandates For Teachers And Staff: FDA Approval And What To Do With Staff That Refuse
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    Vaccines Mandates For Teachers And Staff: FDA Approval And What To Do With Staff That Refuse

    Education law expert Richard Verstegen will help you identify the legal issues regarding this important decision. You will learn how to set a policy that respects employees’ rights while keeping schools safe.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the constitutional implications to making vaccines mandatory for staff?
    • How should you consider disability issues, employee consent, and state laws?
    • Should the school district consider termination as a result of failure to comply?
    • What are the best practices to reduce liability in these instances?
  9. K-12 School Law Certification
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    K-12 School Law Certification

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will review the most important legal issues confronting schools, focusing on current laws while highlighting updated regulations and recent court rulings. You will embark upon the school year equipped to handle legal matters involving students, employees, and other stakeholders.

    Benefits of Certification

    • Limit liability
    • Interact knowledgeably with colleagues and attorneys
    • Demonstrate your knowledge
    • Advance your career
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    K-12 School Law Certification
    Richard F. Verstegen
    $299.00
  10. COVID-19 Educator Safety Certification
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    COVID-19 Educator Safety Certification

    COVID-19 experts and educational leaders will reveal strategies to help your students embark upon the new school year. You will learn how to address their physical and mental well-being.

    Sessions Include:

    • COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing, And Masks: Keeping Your Employees And Students Safe In 2021
    • Student Mental Wellness Interventions For The 2021-22 School Year
    • How To Teach Kids About COVID-19
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    COVID-19 Educator Safety Certification
    Suzanne Lucas, Ryan Jeffery, Ben Johnson
    From $249.00
  11. Breaking: Department of Education’s New Title IX Guidance
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    Breaking: Department of Education’s New Title IX Guidance

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will help you identify the critical legal issues from this new guidance document. You will learn the impact it may have on off-campus activities, allowing individuals to appear virtually in the grievance process, and other specific Title IX sexual harassment issues.

    What You'll Learn

    • How will the Questions and Answers affect your Title IX grievance process?
    • Are policy changes necessary?
    • When must you accept complaints from people not related to your school?
    • What pandemic-specific issues should you consider?
    • What new guidance should you follow when conducting investigations?
    • When and how can you use restorative justice or mediation?
  12. Supreme Court Decision On First Amendment Rights: Update K-12 Policies for 2021-22
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    Supreme Court Decision On First Amendment Rights: Update K-12 Policies for 2021-22

    Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will explain what the Mahanoy decision should mean for your student speech policy. You will learn how to adapt while balancing student rights with school decorum.

    What You'll Learn

    • What fundamental common-law rules govern student speech?
    • What grounds did B. L. and her parents use to challenge the disciplinary action?
    • What do the primary, concurring, and dissenting opinions tell you?
    • What factors distinguish off-campus speech from on-campus communications?
    • Can you still constitutionally regulate any student speech?
    • How can you distill a legal student speech policy?

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