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Content is determined by Iowa administrators who serve on SAI’s Law Conference Committee. Expect a variety of timely and relevant legal topics. ​

 Export to Your Calendar 2/12/2019
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Map this event »
The Meadows Events & Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
Altoona, Iowa  50009
United States
Contact: Cyndi Petersen
515-267-1115


Online registration is available until: 2/12/2019
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This year's conference will feature the following topics:

General Sessions

Mental health of students, staff and parents - Reminding administrators and other staff to remember that their role is not to diagnose, but rather to assess behavior and its impact on the educational environment and safety. Regarding mental health screening technology, what duties may or may not be created for districts? What are some legal considerations for such screeners? What accommodations are reasonable, to include the use of assistive animals?

Communications with community, media, parents, law enforcement and other outside parties - When and what may administrators and other educators share with such parties, whether about student information, incidents that occurred at school, safety issues, staff notes and surveillance videos?

Breakout Sessions

Social media issues regarding students and staff - What duty does the school have to take action when troubling matters arise in group chats? What rights do students and staff have to express speech on social media, whether at school or away from school? When may school officials search technology, and how does the district’s ownership of the technology impact searches and authority to discipline?

Bullying, sexting and vaping - Review the statutory standard for bullying. When may bullying impact the ability to open enroll late or receive immediate athletic eligibility? How may districts may use Good Conduct policy to discipline students relating to these issues? Criminal implications of sexting and vaping. Is vaping covered by the Smoke Free Air Act?

Review of how changes to Chapters 20 and 279 have impacted administrators and teachers - Brief review and explanation of mandatory vs. permissive subjects of bargaining, and some recommended strategies for districts. How have these changes impacted evaluations, probationary periods, intensive assistance, terminations and staff discipline? Which staff disciplinary documents are now subject to public records requests under Chapter 22?

Title IX and equity issues - Review of the role of equity coordinators and what districts need to do to ensure those coordinators understand their duties, and the district itself is staying compliant with state and federal law. What are some past Title IX complaints or examples that educators may learn from? What are best practices when a district learns a complaint has been filed against the district and/or school employees with the Civil Rights Commission or Office of Civil Rights?

Facilitators: Iowa’s leading education law attorneys

Room block: Rooms may be reserved online or by calling 515-957-3000 for $107 rate (as space is available until Jan. 23) using group code 02112019sch.

Licensure renewal credit: learn your options for earning credit.

Registration fee: (includes continental breakfast and lunch) $110 for SAI members, $220 for non-members.

Cancellation: Notification must be received three business days prior to the workshop for a refund of the registration fees. Contact us online or call 515-267-1115 to let us know if you're unable to attend.