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 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. Tuesday, July 26, 2022; 12:30 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
    Tuesday, July 26, 2022; 12:30 PM Eastern
    Dr. Jim Castagnera
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  2. 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. Thursday, June 30, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern, Thursday, August 4, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern or 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
    Thursday, June 30, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern, Thursday, August 4, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern or Tuesday, August 23, 2022; 11:00 AM Eastern
    Teri Morning
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  3. 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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  4. COVID-19 IEP Accommodations For Special Education Students
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    COVID-19 IEP Accommodations For Special Education Students

    Matt Bell, a veteran special education attorney and licensed school psychologist, will explain the best practices for addressing 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?
  5. 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
    $129.00
  6.  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?
  7. 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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  8. How To Comply With Child Find Laws
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    How To Comply With Child Find Laws

    Matt Bell, a veteran special education attorney and licensed school psychologist, 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?
  9. 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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  10. 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?
  11. How To Comply With The McKinney-Vento Act This Year
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    How To Comply With The McKinney-Vento Act This Year

    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?
  12. 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

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