Registration Now Open for this year's WNY Education Law Conference!
We hope you will join us for our annual Education Law Conference which will take place on August 7, 2019 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Attendance at our 2018 event proved to be the best yet so be sure to register early. Details regarding registration will be sent to districts in the very near future.
For complete registration and program information, click here!
School Board members and school district administrators can now register for this year's WNY Education Law Conference, set for Wednesday, Aug. 7th at Salvatore's, 6461 Transit Road in Depew.
Jay Worona's annual "Hot Topics" is the opening keynote and the day features three cycles of three concurrent law sessions.
1st Concurrent Sessions (10:20-11:20) Law Enforcement in Our Schools: Keeping our Kids Safe- Advantages and pitfalls regarding the level and type of law enforcement in schools. - Tracie Lopardi, Esq., Harris Beach; Brian Doyle, Esq., Erie 2 CC BOCES.
Special Education Update: Special education law is in a seemingly constant state of change. Learn about recent notable court decisions, practical advice and new federal and state guidance to ensure that your district remains in compliance with all special education mandates. - Jeff Weiss, Esq., Harris Beach
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Policy and Training Requirements for School Districts ... In New York State, all employers, including school districts, are required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and establish a training program for employees to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Such policies and training programs are required to meet certain minimum standards. Learn about those minimum standards and other considerations for your district regarding the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. - Elizabeth McPhail, Esq., Hodgson Russ; Ashley F. Watkins, Esq., Erie 1 BOCES policy services.
2nd Concurrent Sessions (12:40-1:40) Effective Discipline Response to Rumors, Threats & Allegations ... We may know a threat when we see one and reasonably discern potential harm. But it may not be a "true threat" under the law, which takes into account First Amendment rights and the need to prove intent. In this session, you will learn more about threat analysis and effective discipline response. - Amanda Dermott, Esq., Erie 1 BOCES; Brendan Kelleher, Esq., Harris Beach.
Telehealth Medicine in Schools and the Immunization Exemption Process... Part I: Recently schools in New York State have begun to offer telemedicine services. These are virtual doctor visits via video that provide students easy access to health services and help reduce absences. This presentation provides an overview of a district telemedicine program and its practical implications Part 2:
Given the rise of measles and other communicable diseases across the state and the nation, we will examine immunization exemption requests, including: the immunization exemption application process, the types of exemptions available, and important case law in this area. - Andrew J. Freedman, Esq.,Hodgson Russ; Dr. Richard Hughes, Frontier CSD Superintendent.
An Update from the Bargaining Table ... In this session, you will hear about recent trends in collective bargaining as well as the latest legal issues impacting negotiations between school districts and employee unions. The presenters also will discuss how the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME has impacted collective negotiations. - Dan D'Amico, Esq., Erie 1 BOCES; Brian Liebenow, Esq., Erie 2 CC BOCES.
3rd Concurrent Sessions (1:50-2:50) Balancing Enhanced Security Measures with Privacy Rights and the Law ... School districts are exploring creative new measures to enhance security in the schools. Review the latest approaches to school security, and the applicable legal framework with a particular focus on privacy concerns. - Jeff Swiatek, Esq., Hodgson Russ; Tony Olivo, Corporate Screening and Investigative Group, LLC
Mental Health Challenges Facing Students and School Districts ... School districts are confronted with more students than ever before needing mental health support. This session discusses the top issues faced by employees and the warning signs they should be aware of, as well as strategies for responding to and assisting students with mental health needs, including home/hospital instruction for students with school phobia or anxiety. We will also review applicable legal requirements when these issues arise in your school district. - Marnie E. Smith, Esq., Webster Szanyi, and Cheryl Cardone, Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, Grand Island Schools
Implementing Education Law 2-d: Data Security and Privacy ... Hear directly from NYSED's Chief Privacy Officer and a representative of the Western New York Regional Information Center, as they review the major components of Part 121 of the Commissioner's Regulations, newly adopted to implement the requirements of NYS Education Law 2-d. A Roadmap for Implementation, along with other tools being developed to support school districts in the protection of personally identifiable information, will be discussed. - Moderator: Colleen A. Sloan, Esq., General Counsel, Erie 1 BOCES, with panelists Temitope Akinyemi, Chief Privacy Officer (NYSED) and Scott Przywara, Chief Data Protection, Security and Compliance Officer (Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC).
Our 2019 Law Conference also features: An opportunity to skip the morning rush... Law Conference registrants can get a reduced rate of $145 (+tax) for Aug. 6 The Delevan Hotel on the Salvatore's Italian Gardens property. This special rate includes a free hot breakfast buffet & coffee bar
in the lobby. To reserve a room, call 635-9000. Limited rooms are available, so call by Monday, July 8 to get this rate.
An opportunity to meet with sponsoring firms during an afternoon table top "Sponsors' Village" in the upper level of the Venetian Room. This year's sponsoring firms are: Aebly & Associates, Buffalo Engineering, C&S companies, CSI, Evans Bank, Harris Beach, Hodgson Russ, Lawley Insurance, Mobile Primary Care, National Grid, Premier Consulting, Robert J. Miller & Associates grant writing services, Trautman Associates Architects/Engineers, Webster Szanyi.
BACK AGAIN this year will be Eventmobi. This app provides all of your presentation documents and evaluation materials online. Access to Eventmobi will be sent to registrants one week prior to the conference. You may download presentations to your device or print hard copies for reference and note-taking.
REGISTER by July 20th to ensure your spot at this year's conference. The registration form and list of member districts eligible for a reduced conference registration rate can be found HERE.
Registration and continental breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. The conference begins at 9 a.m. See you at Salvatore's!
If you have questions or need additional information, please call 645-2932.
This conference is presented by the Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Educational Service Council, in partnership with the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association and the New York State Association of School Attorneys and SUNY Buffalo Law School.
For complete registration and program information, click here!