The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its regulations have governed the disclosure of student education records for decades, but the U.S. Department of Education has frequently updated its guidance to schools to ensure compliance. Most recently, it , clarified the definition of “education record’ and reminded school districts about FERPA’s application to disclosure of education records to vendors.
In this age of social media, many public officials, including members of Boards of Education and administrators, maintain social media accounts. Like many others, public officials use social media to connect with friends and family, but it has also become a tool to reach those they serve.
Starting in July of 2023, the hours a District is required to provide tutoring to students in a home, hospital or institutional setting other than a school increased to two (2) hours per day for elementary students and three (3) hours per day for secondary school students; an increase of one hour per day.
With everything else that school officials are asked to do, you must also comply with often complex and ever-changing employment laws designed to protect your employees. In this free program, participants will learn about the following common compliance issues: • Improper annualized salaries • Paying overtime to employees working two or more different jobs for the school • COVID-19 leave issues (yes, they’re still around) • When a school employee can—and cannot—be a volunteer for the school • Required timekeeping; • Mandated break time; • Mandated leaves; • Wage and hour audits; and • Safety and health inspections
The New York State Education Department (SED) issued updated guidelines in August regarding the responsibilities of school districts relating to student vaccinations.
Governor Hochul recently signed into law legislation (A. 7155/S. 5494) that will provide that any employee who is appointed to a serve in a competitive civil service position on a provisional basis, and subsequently receives a permanent appointment from an eligible list in the same title, shall be credited with their prior provisional service towards the new probationary status.
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