Available for on-site presentation only at this time.
This seminar will bring attendees up-to-date on the latest legal developments and present valuable information on some of the most troublesome issues affecting public education in the state of Massachusetts. It is designed to help attendees keep abreast of the ever-changing legal landscape, by packing as much relevant information as possible into a one-day seminar.
- Responding to school violence
- Containing health care costs in a time of double-digit cost increases
- Discipline issues and update on conduct in the school setting
- Student records and confidentiality related issues and access to records
- IDEA reauthorization 2004
- The attendee will be able to discuss health care costs.
- The attendee will be able to identify potential problem employees.
- The attendee will be able to review IDEA reauthorization 2004.
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
I. Responding To School Violence
A. Identifying Potential Problem Employees
B. Developing And Implementing A Zero-Tolerance Violence Policy
C. Crisis Intervention Teams: Purpose, Function And Responsibilities
D. Responding To A Crisis
E. Disciplinary Procedures For Violent Employees
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
II. Containing Health Care Costs In A Time Of Double-Digit Cost Increases
A. Collective Bargaining Over Changes Sought By The Employer
1. Carrier Changes
2. Participation In Insurance Buying – Groups
3. Coverage Changes
4. Premium Contribution Rate Changes
B. Impact Bargaining Over Changes Mandated By The Carrier
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
III. Discipline Issues And Update On Conduct In The School Setting
A. Student Dress Codes
B. Student Suspensions And Expulsions
C. Student Searches And Seizures
D. Tips On Investigating And Responding To Student Misconduct
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
IV. Student Records And Confidentiality Related Issues And Access To Records
A. Student Records Issues
B. Massachusetts Student Record Regulations (603 CMR 23.00), Revised May 28, 2002
C. Massachusetts Department Of Education, Student Records: Questions, Answers And Guidelines
D. Memorandum From The Department Of Education Dated September 1, 1999 Regarding State Law On Student Records Access For Non-Custodial Parents (General Laws Chapter 71, Section 34H)
E. M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 34H - Access To Student Records By Non Custodial Parent
F. Sample Letter To Non Custodial Parent Regarding M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 34H - Access To Student Records By Non Custodial Parents
G. Wright vs. Wright, 10 Mass. L. Rptr. No. 16, 357 (August 4, 1999), Superior Court, Worcester – Non-Custodial Parent's Statutory Right To Access A Child's Academic Records Is Superseded By The More Specific Massachusetts Statute Denying Access To A Parent Subject To A Protective Order
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
V. IDEA Reauthorization 2004
B. 'Highly Qualified' Special Education Teachers
C. Paperwork And Process Reduction
D. Transition Services
E. Change In Eligibility Criteria For Learning Disability Category
F. Attorney Fees