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This basic-intermediate level seminar is designed for teachers and administrators serving grades K-12, principals, vice-principals, superintendents, counselors, school psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers, school nurses and school support staff. School law and civil rights attorneys will also find this program beneficial.


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Employ failsafe measures for correct and complaint student discipline and adhere to the laws governing 504 plans. (see full course description)


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Hot Topics in Education Law

Legally Ensure Your School is Safe Haven it Should Be

This school law program is an excellent way to get the current information you need, close to home. After attending, you'll be able to identify elements of a student "record," a student "file" and ways to preserve document privacy. Employ failsafe measures for correct and complaint student discipline and adhere to the laws governing 504 plans. Lastly, ensure your teachers' employment laws aren't violating state or federal labor laws. If school, teacher or student rights are on your radar, you won't want to miss this important seminar. Register today!

  • Determine what does and what doesn't count as a student record, so you'll know which documents you need to be most careful with.
  • Make compliance a snap by understanding key protective legislation including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Pupil Privacy Rights Amendment (PPRA).
  • Confidently advise clients on how to handle students with behavioral and emotional problems without fear of lawsuits.
  • Recognize the warning signs of trouble students, and learn what you can legally do to help.
  • Avoid potential lawsuits by recognizing where typical weak spots exist in safety policies.
  • Confidently draft 504 plans the student, parent, teacher and school can all agree to.
  • Review best practices for drafting employment contracts that define scope of employment on and off school grounds.
    8:30 - 9:45, Samantha M. Adams
    1. Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
      1. Overview of Key Provisions & Definitions
      2. What's New – Review of Revised Regulations
      3. What are the Rights of Parents and Students?
      4. Releasing Records
      5. Enforcement
    2. New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act
      1. How does it differ from FERPA?
      2. What does it require?
      3. Enforcement
    3. Records and Management and Retention
      1. What does it require?
      2. Proper classification and retention of records?
      3. When does it apply to student records?
    4. Common Questions and Problems
      1. Special Education Records
      2. Medical Records and HIPAA
      3. Surveillance and Bus Videos
      4. Custody Disputes and Guardianships
      5. Electronic Communications and Records
      6. Requests by law enforcement and other governmental agencies
      7. Research studies.
    10:00 - 11:15, Patricia A. Matthews
    1. Constitutional Limitations
      1. 1st Amendment – Speech/Religion
      2. 4th Amendment – Search & Seizure
      3. Due Process Requirements
    2. Conduct Codes
      1. Grooming (Dress, Hair, Piercings, Tattoos, etc.)
      2. Bullying/Harassment
    12:15 - 1:30, Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin
    1. Overview of Section 504
    2. Overview on Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)
    3. Section 504 Eligibility
      1. Physical or Mental Impairment
      2. Major Life Activities/Major Bodily Functions
      3. Substantial Limitation
      4. Impact on Learning?
      5. Mitigating Measures
      6. Impairments in Remission or Episodic
      7. Eligible Students without a Section 504 Plan?
    4. Section 504 Plans
      1. FAPE
      2. Impact on Learning?
      3. Mitigating Measures
      4. Appropriate Accommodations and Related Services
      5. Accommodations v. Modifications
    1:45 - 3:00, Ramon Vigil Jr.

Seminar Summary:

Employ failsafe measures for correct and complaint student discipline and adhere to the laws governing 504 plans. (see full course description)

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