Setting the Stage for New Board MembersMay 26th, 2022
by Colleen W. Heinrich

Setting the Stage for New Board Members

As school districts prepare for the upcoming annual meeting, new board members will begin their terms of office. Board members come to their position with varied life experiences as well as familiarity with school district operations.

Proactive Steps to Prepare for Your Reorganizational Meeting: School Safety Plans and Codes of ConductApr 27th, 2022
by Jeffrey M. Lewis

Proactive Steps to Prepare for Your Reorganizational Meeting: School Safety Plans and Codes of Conduct

In anticipation of the annual reorganization meeting in July, schools should begin planning to meet annual school safety plan and code of conduct deadlines. Below is a summary of schools’ legal obligations with respect to school safety plans and codes of conduct, and action steps for successful completion of these obligations.

Hot Issues on Student DisciplineApr 27th, 2022
by Allison L. Marley

Hot Issues on Student Discipline

The process for the suspension of students has remained quite consistent for many years. There have been several decisions rendered by the new Commissioner of Education of which school districts should be aware when taking steps to impose long-term suspensions. The following provides guidance as to a few recent decisions that could impact the student disciplinary hearing procedures at your district.

Major Revisions to Open Meetings Law Authorizing Remote Board Meetings in “Extraordinary Circumstances”Apr 27th, 2022
by Thomas F. Barrett

Major Revisions to Open Meetings Law Authorizing Remote Board Meetings in “Extraordinary Circumstances”

On April 9, 2022, Governor Hochul signed Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2022 relating to the state budget for 2022-2023. Notably, the bill amends the Open Meetings Law to allow expanded use of videoconferencing by public bodies to conduct open meetings, in very limited circumstances, regardless of a declaration of emergency, until July 1, 2024.

REMINDER: Electronic Monitoring Law in Effect on May 7Apr 26th, 2022
by Benjamin J. Anderson

REMINDER: Electronic Monitoring Law in Effect on May 7

This is a reminder to all private sector employers in New York that as of May 7, 2022, you must provide written notice to your employees of your organization’s intent to monitor employee telephone, email, and Internet communications, or of any ongoing practice of monitoring those communications. In addition, you must give prior written notice to all employees who are subject to such lawful monitoring at the time they are hired.

The Wheels on the Bus Go…Wherever Foster Students AreApr 13th, 2022
by Thomas F. Barrett

The Wheels on the Bus Go…Wherever Foster Students Are

On January 13, 2022, the New York State Education Department (the “Department”) in conjunction with the Office of Children and Family Services announced revisions to the Students in Foster Care Toolkit (“Toolkit”) to provide increased clarity to school districts, which can be found here. When possible, foster students who move from their District of enrollment …

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