Serving on an FCIS Evaluation Team
Date: October 9, 2019
Service on an FCIS Evaluation Team is one of the best professional development experiences you'll ever have! Plus, it is a great way to learn how to effectively prepare your own school for an evaluation. This webinar will cover the role and responsibilities of FCIS Evaluation Team members and the basics of the accreditation process.
LEGAL WEBINARS WITH SUZANNE BOGDAN
Part 1: ADA Website Accessibility | Part 2: Service/Comfort Animals
Date: October 24, 2019
Disability issues are growing at a much faster rate than the economy. We have seen a large growth in claims alleging that a school (or other entity’s) website is not compliant with the law in that it does not accommodate users who may be sight or hearing impaired, cannot use a mouse, etc. Thus, in Part I of this webinar, we will discuss these claims and what schools should be doing now to avoid liability. In Part II, we will discuss yet another growth area: student and employee requests to bring service animals and comfort animals to the school, sometimes for training, sometimes for personal use. We will discuss the school’s rights, limitations, and recommendations of how to address these requests. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.
Best Practices for Investigations and Determining Appropriate Student Discipline
Date: November 13, 2019
As our society becomes more litigious, and especially when students are in 9th grade and above (when a clean transcript matters), parents are more aggressively challenging a school’s investigation and discipline of serious student misconduct. This webinar will discuss the standards schools should use to investigate in good faith and how to follow the Fundamental Fairness Rule that courts employ to determine whether the discipline was appropriate. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.
Vaping, Medical Marijuana, and Hemp
Date: December 17, 2019
The Federal Government reports that the number of students using e-cigarettes has exploded. Twenty-three states and DC currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Given this, schools must know their options when responding to this wide-spread risk for both their employee and student relationships. How do you address a student/employee with a substance abuse problem or a positive test result? How do you regulate e-cigarettes and marijuana if such use is not restricted by current laws? How do you handle alcohol-use at extracurricular events? This presentation will explore best practices and legal risks schools face in addressing student vaping and drug and alcohol use. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.
Employee Separations and Reductions in Force
Date: January 13, 2020
As schools approach the spring, many are assessing employee performance and budget. Separations and non-renewals of employees are stressful for all involved and sometimes claimed to be unfair or discriminatory. This webinar will focus on good planning techniques, documentation, and separation processes to help reduce the risk of claims. In addition, because so many schools have reduced their workforces in the last few years, we will talk about the unique issues involved in assessing who should be reduced and the process for same, which will require special attention when the school separates two or more employees when at least one of them is over the age of 40 and is offered a severance agreement. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.
Enrollment Contracts Perpetual/Continuous Contracts, and Enforcement Issues
Date: February 11, 2020
Schools are trying hard to both reduce time and waste in their school processes. In this vein, the perpetual enrollment contract has become popular. Before you jump on the bandwagon, understand the pros/cons of perpetual enrollment agreements. In addition, all enrollment agreements, whether perpetual or not, should have clear clauses that protect the school. Finally, if you use electronic signatures, you must ensure the process is correct if you intend to enforce the agreement. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.