NCSBA’s back-to-school legal webinars are designed to help school system staff prepare for the new year by providing the latest information on issues that affect them. Each webinar is just $250 per school system, making it affordable and convenient to support your staff with excellent professional development.
- Student Discipline Law: An Overview of State Policy and Procedural Rights (replay from May 2021), available August 17 and 19
This webinar will provide an overview of the constitutional and state law requirements related to student discipline, focusing exclusively on discipline for on-campus misconduct. Listeners will gain an understanding of short-term suspensions, long-term suspensions, 365-day suspensions, and expulsions, as well as the due process rights of students under North Carolina student discipline law. Video runtime is 55 minutes. Use the links below to register for the desired date.
- Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media: A Guide for School Employees, available August 18 and 20
Using stories ripped from the headlines, this webinar highlights the potential pitfalls associated with communicating on social media and provides guidelines for employees to assess their own online behavior. The target audience is primarily teachers and other instructional employees, but school administrators and board members also can benefit from this essential information. Video runtime is approximately one hour. Use the links below to register for the desired date.
This year’s Fall Law Conference will be October 13-15 at the Renaissance Asheville hotel. Designed for board members, administrators, and board attorneys, this conference is a great opportunity to learn the latest on several significant education law issues.
Registration is $199 per day. Board members should contact their board assistant to register.
The City of Asheville has imposed an indoor mask mandate, and the hotel and NCSBA are obligated to comply with that mandate. Therefore, masks will be required inside the hotel lobbies, public restrooms, and in the conference room. We are not able to guarantee a socially distanced event; please consider that before making the decision whether to register.
Does a student have a First Amendment right to pray at school? Can a student be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Do students have a right to organize extracurricular religious clubs? This webinar will answer these and other questions related to the extent of a student’s right to engage in religious speech and activity at school.
Presenter: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
Runtime: 1 hour
The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on January 27.
What is the difference between “full and accurate” minutes required for regular meetings and closed sessions, and the “general account” required for closed sessions? What should be included in each? What other statutory requirements pertain to minutes? When are minutes “official” and when do they become public records? Get the answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive review of the legal requirements related to minutes.
Presenter: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney
Runtime: 1 hour
The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on February 24.
The Spring Law Conference will be a virtual event held on March 3-4 via Zoom. Sessions are designed for board members, school administrators, and board attorneys, and will cover topics including school board meeting disruptions, managing school board issues in a digital world, and curriculum and book challenges.
The conference is $99 per day. Board members and school administrators who attend the full conference will receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. We will apply for attorneys attending the entire conference to receive 6 hours of CLE credit. Important note: this conference will not be recorded.
Board members should contact their board assistant to register.