This seminar is designed for principals, administrators, superintendents, special education directors, teachers, board members, guidance counselors, law enforcement officials and attorneys.
This one-day seminar will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the liability issues confronting educational professionals. Participants will cover key legal issues that may trigger liability when working with students, parents, administrators, and government entities. Discussion topics will include school violence and student rights, search related issues, surveillance, and disciplinary measures. This seminar is a must for all educational professionals and others who work in the educational arena.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Avoiding Claims For Personal Injuries On School Grounds Or During School
II. How Much Immunity Does The Governmental Immunity Act Really Provide?
A. Playgrounds And Athletic Fields
B. School Bus Accidents
C. Field Trips
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
III. Learn How To Prevent Liability When Responding To Sexual Harassment And Abuse
A. Peer Harassment
B. Employee-To-Student Harassment
C. Employee-To-Employee Sexual Harassment
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
IV. Learn How To Deal Effectively With Difficult Employees While Minimizing The Risk
Of A Lawsuit
A. Methods To Document Performance Problems
B. Evaluation Techniques
C. Avoiding Retaliation And Discrimination
D. Avoiding Common Mistakes
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
V. Learn The Basics Of How To Implement A Program
A. Establish Threat Assessment Teams In Your Schools Or At A District-Wide Level
B. Identify Potentially Violent Students
C. Initiate Appropriate Early Intervention
D. Reduce The Risk Of Violent Incidents
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
VI. Effective Screening And Hiring Issues
A. Prescreening Employee Through Background And Reference Checks
B. Selecting The Right Candidate For The Job
C. Proper Interviewing Questions And Techniques
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
VII. First Amendment: Anticipating And Avoiding Conflicts
A. Equal Access: Statutory And Constitutional
B. School-Sponsored Speech
C. Church-State Issues
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VIII. Student Discipline (Regular Education)
A. Managing Parentsí Expectations And Addressing Parentsí Concerns
B. Best Practices For Expulsion Hearings And Board Appeals
C. Recent Caselaw Developments