Mar
24
Tue
Boundary Invasions and Sexual Grooming (Webinar)
Mar 24 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Most cases of sexual abuse of students by school employees are preceded by a form of “sexual grooming.” Sexual grooming often is only evident after the fact and can be quite subtle and similar to innocent behavior, which can make it difficult for school administrators to identify. On the other hand, no school employee wants his or her innocent attempts at establishing a sound and trusting relationship with students to be viewed as grooming for sexual misconduct. This webinar will discuss how to resolve this dilemma by ensuring employees and administrators understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate boundary invasions and the importance of observing and enforcing professional boundaries.

Presented by: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney, NCSBA

Mar
31
Tue
Understanding Basic School Budget Issues (Webinar)
Mar 31 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

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This webinar will help school board members better understand the revenue sources of K-12 school funding, how state funds are allotted to LEAs, and the budget process at the state and local level.

Presenter: Richard Bostic, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, NCSBA

Apr
21
Tue
Tobacco, Vaping, CBD, and Substance Abuse: North Carolina Law and School Policies (Webinar)
Apr 21 all-day

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This webinar will discuss how North Carolina law and local board policies apply to students’ use of tobacco, vaporizers, and various cannabidiol (“CBD”) products, as well as the accompanying risk of developing a substance use disorder.

Presented by: Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney, NCSBA

Apr
28
Tue
Multiple Webinars
Apr 28 – May 1 all-day

These previously recorded webinars are perfect for board members, administrators, and staff. They will be available Tuesday, April 28, through Friday, May 1, at 5 p.m.

You may register for one or all of the webinars. Each webinar is $250 per school system, and board member credit is $10 per person. If you are a board member and are interested in these webinars, please connect with your board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

Boundary Invasions and Sexual Grooming: What Every School Employee Must Know About Avoiding Inappropriate Staff-Student Relationships

Most cases of sexual abuse of students by school employees are preceded by a form of “sexual grooming.” Sexual grooming often is only evident after the fact and can be quite subtle and similar to innocent behavior, which can make it difficult for school administrators to identify. On the other hand, no school employee wants his or her innocent attempts at establishing a sound and trusting relationship with students to be viewed as grooming for sexual misconduct. This webinar will discuss how to resolve this dilemma by ensuring employees and administrators understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate boundary invasions and the importance of observing and enforcing professional boundaries.

Religion in the Schools: Curriculum, Holiday Celebrations, and Students’ Right to the Free Exercise of Religion

At times school systems are sued when parents or others object to classroom assignments or school programs that address religious topics or ideas. This webinar will examine court cases that illustrate the types of situations that have stirred controversy in the past. It will also provide general guidance as to what is generally acceptable, what is not, and when to seek guidance from legal counsel.

Bullying and Sexual Harassment of Students: The Classroom Teacher’s Role in Prevention and Response

Classroom teachers play a pivotal role in preventing and responding to bullying and sexual harassment of students. Often overlooked is the teacher’s role in preventing sexual misconduct between employees and students. After a brief refresher on student-on-student bullying and sexual harassment, this webinar will focus on the teacher’s role in protecting students from sexual misconduct by adults in the school environment, including the warning signs of boundary invasions and other grooming behaviors that may progress to sexual misconduct.

Everyone Knew He Was a Troubled Kid: Limits on the Release of Student Information to Law Enforcement and Other Third Parties

School personnel are under increasing pressure to proactively share information about students with law enforcement officials, mental health providers, and others in the hope of preventing the next school shooting or similar tragedy. This webinar examines the limits FERPA places on the release of student information to law enforcement and other third parties and provides general guidance as to what information can be shared, with whom, and under what circumstances.

May
12
Tue
Financial Oversight Duties of the Board of Education (Webinar)
May 12 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

If you are a board member and are interested in this webinar, please connect with your board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

This webinar will examine the state laws that govern the role local school boards play in financial oversight. It will also discuss warning signs and strategies to prevent the misuse of funds, as well as how to address issues should they arise and possible consequences for not taking action.

Presented by: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, NCSBA

May
19
Tue
Multiple Webinars
May 19 – May 22 all-day

These previously recorded webinars are perfect for board members, administrators, and staff. They will be available Tuesday, May 19, through Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m.

You may register for one or all of the webinars. Each webinar is $250 per school system, and board member credit is $10 per person. If you are a board member and are interested in these webinars, please connect with your board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

School Violence Prevention: Establishing an Effective Student Threat Assessment Process

Threat assessment is a proven method of early intervention that can help prevent acts of violence in school environments. This presentation will discuss evidence-based and/or evidence-informed methods for establishing an effective student threat assessment process.

Student Free Speech: Legal Review and Emerging Issues

This webinar will discuss the basic legal framework for students’ First Amendment free speech rights applicable in North Carolina’s public schools, including case law based on U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions. This webinar, designed for teachers and school administrators, will also discuss emerging issues related to student free speech, including student protests and student discipline when student conduct involves free speech or expression.

Challenges to the Educational Program and Instructional Materials

This webinar will explore the current federal and state legal patchwork governing challenges to the educational program and instructional materials by parents and other stakeholders. The webinar will include a discussion of recent developments and trends, an in-depth analysis of current federal and state law and policy, and an overview of NCSBA’s policy tools for navigating curriculum and textbook challenges. Additionally, the webinar will cover several policy and other recommendations for handling such challenges within your school system.

Legally Compliant School Board Meetings — Most relevant for school board members and senior administrators

Refresh your memory or learn anew about the law surrounding the conduct of school boards meetings. Topics will include the Open Meetings Law, public comment requirements, common parliamentary procedure issues, and other legal matters that can trip you up if you aren’t careful. Get your questions answered, and learn things that may surprise you.

Jun
25
Thu
Conducting School Board Meetings During a Pandemic: Remote Participation at Board Meetings and Other Legal Issues
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This session will include a discussion of the May 8, 2020, revisions to Policy 2302, Remote Participation at Board Meetings, and legal issues related to conducting legally compliant school board meetings when the board meeting is fully remote, including public access to the meeting, public comment, quorum, voting, quasi-judicial hearings, and closed session.

Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, NCSBA

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

Policy Update #1: Board Member and Employee Use of Technology and Personal Communication Devices and Teleworking
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This session will include discussion of three new policies that have been issued by NCSBA Legal/Policy attorneys in the past year.

  • Policy 2127, Board Member Technology Use, and Policy 3228/7323, Use of Personal Technology to Conduct School Business, address issues related to responsible, legally compliant use of personal and school system technology devices when conducting school system business.
  • Policy 7503, Teleworking, provides a basic policy for local school boards to use to authorize teleworking and to structure the circumstances in which school employees will be allowed to

Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel, NCSBA
McKenna Osborn, Staff Attorney, NCSBA

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

Jun
26
Fri
New Title IX Regulations: Required Board Policy Changes are Coming Soon!
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued its long-awaited final regulations addressing sexual harassment and discrimination under Title IX at educational institutions that are recipients of federal funding. This session will provide an overview of the impact the new Title IX regulations will have on your school system. The session will also highlight some of the revisions that your board will be required to make to your Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying policy and other related policies, in order to have legally compliant policies in place by August 14, 2020, the effective date of the new regulations.

Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney, NCSBA

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

Policy Update #2: Communicable Diseases and Health- Related Concerns to Consider When Reopening Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The session will include a discussion of NCSBA’s March 31, 2020, revision of Policy 4230, Communicable Diseases – Students, which includes provisions addressing the school system’s duty to report communicable disease, to maintain the confidentiality of health information, and to provide notice of exposure to infectious agents under certain circumstances.

The session will also include a general discussion of some of the health-related legal and policy issues that your board will need to consider while planning for the reopening of school in the fall, such as compliance with federal, state, and local health protocols, addressing increased absenteeism among staff and students, and preventing stigma, harassment, and/or bullying due to perceived race, national origin, or recent travel.

Jim O’Rourke, Staff Attorney, NCSBA
Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney, NCSBA

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

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