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.

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.

Core Training: Leadership @ Online Course
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 20 @ 11:00 pm

This summer, Core training will be a self-paced, virtual training event that includes all the components of our in-person sessions. Hear our talented staff cover leadership, advocacy, the required ethics training for school board members, and more during eight hours of recorded presentations. Access will begin July 20 and participants will have 30 days to complete the training.

Core training topics include:

  • Leadership Training – basic boardsmanship dos and don’ts, board/superintendent roles and responsibilities, school finance, and school board liability.
  • Advocacy Training – board members’ advocacy work, a legislative update on current issues, NCSBA’s member-approved legislative agenda, and a how-to talk on effectively engaging legislators.
  • Required Ethics Training – School board members are required to earn two hours of ethics training within 12 months of election or reelection.

Registration Link – click here


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Fall Law Conference @ Virtual Event
Oct 7 @ 8:45 am – Oct 9 @ 12:30 pm

Our 2020 Fall Law Conference is going virtual!

Plan to join us October 7-9 via Zoom for this year’s conference. During a school year unlike any other, this is the perfect time to learn about the many legal issues currently affecting public schools. Take a look at our agenda. This conference is designed for board members, administrators, and board attorneys.

Registration is $150 per day or $450 for the full conference. We will send Zoom information and materials to participants in a few weeks. Note: These sessions will not be recorded.

Any board members interested in attending this virtual conference should connect with their board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

Title IX and Board Policy: An Orientation Guide (Webinar)
Feb 2 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

After the Department of Education issued new regulations on Title IX sexual harassment in May 2020, school systems across the country were left scrambling to put policies and procedures in place to implement the new requirements. This webinar explains why NCSBA issued six new policies on discrimination, harassment, and bullying in July 2020 and what’s included in those new policies. Most importantly, the webinar will give you a working knowledge of the two new Title IX sexual harassment policies and what happens next after your school system receives a report or complaint of sexual harassment.

Presented by: Justice Warren, Staff Attorney

Addressing Student Mental Health Needs and State Compliance (Webinar)
Feb 16 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

This webinar will discuss how LEAs in North Carolina can address the mental health needs of students through compliance with the State Board of Education’s recently adopted School-Based Mental Health Initiative policy.

Presented by: Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney

NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members (Webinar)
Mar 2 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Compliance with the Open Meetings Law provides for transparency and accountability and is vital to good school board governance. This webinar will provide an overview of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law as it applies to local school board members and official school board meetings. Topics will include types of meetings, notice requirements, open versus closed sessions, meeting minutes, public access and attendance, electronic and remote meetings, and other current and emerging issues related to legally compliant school board meetings.

Presented by: Jim O’Rourke, Assistant Legal Counsel for Superintendent Searches
One-Hour Webinar

Ethics for Local School Board Members (Whole-Board Webinar Access)
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 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.

Webinar access is for the entire board and school district.

There will be an ethics sessions for individual school boards members available in May.

Understanding Your Legal Duties as Board Chair (Webinar)
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

The chair of a local board of education is responsible for presiding over meetings of the board, but what other duties does the chair have? Join this webinar for an overview of how board meetings are to be organized, scheduling and calling meetings, setting agendas, permissible reasons for closed session, and other essential topics.

Presented by: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
One-Hour Webinar

Show Me the Money (and the Texts, Emails, and Facebook Posts): The Reach of North Carolina’s Public Records Law (Webinar)
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Are communications sent via private electronic devices and accounts public records? Can board members be held personally liable for failing to comply with the public records law? What questions should board members ask to assess their district’s compliance with the law? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, make plans to attend this webinar for a primer on North Carolina’s public records law.

Presented by: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney
One-Hour Webinar

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