Sixty Minutes on Minutes
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.
Common Liability Issues for School Boards
Learn about the liability issues facing school boards.
NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members
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.
Rubber Stamp or Gatekeeper? The Board’s Role in Hiring and Nonrenewal
Review the Board’s role related to hiring new employees and renewing, or not, existing employees. This will include an overview of relevant NC case law and discuss the major themes from those cases so you and your board can make hiring and renewal decisions consistent with applicable legal requirements and standards.
Student Search and Seizure: Fourth Amendment Limits on School Officials
In recent months, many school systems have experienced a worrisome increase in the number of firearms found on school grounds and school buses. Under what circumstances may school officials search a student’s person, personal belongings, or vehicle to locate firearms or other weapons? When may school officials conduct locker searches or use metal detectors? To what extent are school officials allowed to search a student suspected of possessing illegal drugs or other contraband? This webinar will discuss the Fourth Amendment standards that apply when searches are required in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment.
Understanding Your Legal Duties as Board Chair
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.
Federal Employment Law Primer for Board Members
Learn about four significant federal laws that apply to school system employees. This webinar will provide board members with an overview of the leave provisions in the Family and Medical Leave Act and the compensation and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We will also review the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
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.
Parental Rights Under Federal Law
Bills to give parents more control over their children’s education have been introduced in several states in recent years, including here in North Carolina. Key to understanding the effect of these bills is knowing what rights parents already enjoy. Join Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney for NCSBA, as she analyzes the existing rights of parents to direct the education of their children under the U.S. Constitution and federal laws.
Avoiding Social Media Pitfalls for School Board Members
Join Justice Warren, Staff Attorney for NCSBA, as he discusses the top 8 pitfalls for school board members when using social media and how to avoid them.
Boundary Invasions and Sexual Grooming: What Every School Employee Must Know
School districts are still waiting for the release of new Title IX regulations, now expected in October. However, even behavior that would not necessarily give rise to a Title IX violation can be a problem. This webinar focuses on maintaining appropriate relationships between staff and students and specifically addresses boundary violations and grooming.
Pitfalls of Social Media for School System Employees
Social media has become a ubiquitous tool providing benefits to individuals and schools, but it’s not without its pitfalls – especially for educators. This webinar will “educate the educators” on their free speech rights as public school employees and provide practical tips for using social media consistent with law and board policy.