Jun
28
Thu
Legally Compliant School Board Meetings
Jun 28 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

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!

Presenter: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy

 

Sep
12
Wed
Ethics for Local Boards of Education – Video
Sep 12 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
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This session is designed to fulfill the legal requirement that all school board members receive two hours of ethics education within 12 months of being elected or re-elected or appointed or reappointed to office.  The session will cover the laws and principles that govern conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct for board members in North Carolina.  Ms. Schafer will include practical scenarios to illustrate how the law applies to the duties and responsibilities of North Carolina school board members.

Presenter: Allison Schafer, Director of Policy/Legal Counsel, NCSBA

Sep
17
Mon
Back to School Webinars
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day

Are you on the hunt for cost-effective staff development opportunities? NCSBA’s upcoming webinar series is your answer. During the week of September 17, we will replay five webinars designed for administrators and teachers on some of the hottest topics affecting public education.

Webinars will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the appointed day.

To register for Ethics for Local Boards of Education, click here.

Monday, September 17, 2018
#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Training for School Employees

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Presenter: Kathy Boyd, NCSBA Senior Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

This webinar will help school employees understand what kinds of behavior constitutes sexual harassment and who is affected by such behavior. The webinar also will inform employees how to respond if they witness such behavior and how to report sexual harassment through appropriate school channels.

 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Student Free Speech: Legal Review and Emerging Issues

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Presenter: Jim O’Rourke, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

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.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Student Search and Seizure: Fourth Amendment Limits on School Officials

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Presenter: Scott Murray, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

This webinar will address the major court decisions on student search and seizure. It will provide guidance on the legal parameters for different types of searches, including bag searches, strip searches, locker searches, drug testing/breathalyzers, and cell phone searches. This webinar will be especially useful for school employees and school administrators.

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Religion in the Schools: Guidelines for Teachers and School Administrators

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Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
Cost: $195

This webinar, aimed at teachers and school administrators, will provide an overview of the law pertaining to religion in the schools with a focus on issues most likely to arise in the day-to-day operation of the schools. While the webinar will discuss the types of activities that are not permissible under the Establishment Clause, it will also address activities that are permissible, such as an individual student’s right to pray privately or with a group of other students, the extent of a student’s right to discuss his or her religious beliefs in school assignments, students’ right to form religious clubs, and other similar topics.

 

Friday, September 21, 2018
Bullying and Harassment: School Employees’ Duty to Prevent It and How to Respond Appropriately When It Occurs

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Presenter: Nancy Black, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

Do you know a student who complains of frequent headaches, stomach aches, or unexplained injuries? Have the student’s grades dropped and parents expressed concern that he or she never wants to come to school? These are some potential warning signs that a student is being bullied. In this webinar, we will review state and federal laws that require school employees to prevent bullying and harassment to the greatest extent possible and discuss how to respond appropriately when incidents of bullying occur.

Jan
15
Tue
Everyone Knew He Was a Troubled Kid: Limits on the Release of Student Information to Law Enforcement and Other Third Parties (Webinar)
Jan 15 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Kathy Boyd, NCSBA Senior Staff Attorney

Feb
12
Tue
Visitor Access to School Facilities and Use of School Facilities by Outsiders (Webinar)
Feb 12 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

This webinar will include discussion of the federal and state laws that local school boards should consider when developing board policies related to: (1) allowing visitors access to students and school buildings during the school day, (2) circumstances when school officials are permitted to ban individuals from school grounds and activities, and (3) school facility rental.

Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel

Apr
23
Tue
Guns in Schools: A Review of Law and Policy (Webinar)
Apr 23 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

This webinar will present an overview of the federal and state laws regulating guns in schools and on school property, including the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the Gun-Free Schools Act, and applicable North Carolina criminal law and its limited exceptions. This webinar will also discuss the student disciplinary consequences mandated under federal and state law for violations, as well as the corresponding reporting requirements for these offences.

Presenter: Jim O’Rourke, NCSBA Staff Attorney

May
14
Tue
School Violence Prevention: Establishing an Effective Student Threat Assessment Process (Webinar)
May 14 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Sam Thorp, NCSBA Staff Attorney

Jun
24
Mon
Spring Webinars – Replay Week
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:00 pm

Many of NCSBA’s spring webinars focused on school safety. Sign up today to access one or all of the recorded videos during this week-long special access price! The ethics and conflicts of interest video fulfills board members’ legal obligation to have two hours of ethics training within 12 months of being elected, appointed, reelected, or reappointed to the school board.

To register for each webinar, click the title of interest below and then click the green registration button.

All webinars will last approximately one hour except for the ethics webinar, which is two hours. Each one-hour webinar is $195 per school system, and board member training credit is $10 per person. The two-hour ethics webinar is $390 per school system, and board member credit is $20 per person.

After completing the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to set up a user ID and password. Please share this login information with every school in your district. Each webinar will be available from 7 a.m. June 24th to 11 p.m. June 30th.

For questions, please contact Chadae Lewis, membership services assistant, at clewis@ncsba.org or 919-747-6675.

Aug
19
Mon
Staff Development Webinars
Aug 19 – Aug 23 all-day

If you’re looking for affordable staff development opportunities for your administrators and teachers, NCSBA has the solution. We will offer five webinars in August to help keep your staff at the top of their game. Click the links below to register for each webinar.

Monday, August 19 – Suspension? Placement at an Alternative School? Expulsion? An Overview of the Law on Student Discipline

This webinar will address the U.S. constitutional provisions and the North Carolina laws that determine when students may be subject to removal from school for disciplinary reasons. The webinar will also include a discussion of the amount of due process a student is entitled to receive before various disciplinary penalties are imposed.

Tuesday, August 20 – 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.

Wednesday, August 21 – 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.

Thursday, August 22 – Teachers’ Legal Duties and Responsibilities on School Trips

In this presentation we will take a look at legal and practical considerations for teachers before and during field trips. Good planning, communication, and knowing your duties and responsibilities will go a long way towards making your adventures in learning with students a success.

Friday, August 23 – Child Abuse and Neglect: Reports and Investigations

This presentation will discuss mandatory reporting requirements for school system employees regarding abuse, neglect, dependency, and maltreatment of children. Also, this presentation will explain two relatively recent changes to North Carolina law — specifically, the expanded definition of child abuse and neglect to include child trafficking and new reporting requirements for child maltreatment in licensed child care facilities.

Each webinar is $250 per school system, and board member training credit is $10 per person.

Click here for a printable flyer with webinar details.

Oct
10
Thu
Ethics and Other Legal Duties and Responsibilities of NC School Board Members (Webinar)
Oct 10 @ 7:00 am – 11:45 pm

In this two-hour webinar, we will discuss the ethical standards established by state law for school board members. The webinar will also include a discussion of state and federal laws related to conflicts of interest pertaining to making and administering contracts and possible legal consequences when these laws are violated. Finally, this webinar will review other well-established legal duties and responsibilities of school board members.

Presenter: Allison Schafer, NCSBA Legal Counsel

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