In partnership with NJSIG (New Jersey Schools Insurance Group), LEGAL ONE is pleased to offer school law training to leadership staff in NJSIG member districts at no additional cost. NJSIG Online Learning Course Catalog

Eligible leadership staff who may access these courses and webinars include those staff persons who serve as principal, assistant principal, director, supervisor, assistant superintendent, superintendent or business administrator, and other school staff whose position requires possession of an administrative certificate.

To obtain your district’s coupon code in order to register at no-additional cost, please contact your School Business Administrator.

For more information or assistance, email us at legalone@njpsa.org.

Online Courses

Comprehensive, New Jersey-specific courses on various aspects of school law. These courses include real world scenarios, attorney commentaries and assessments in order to ensure understanding of key legal principles.

Employment Discrimination Law

This 8-part online offering provides an overview of the law concerning discrimination issues that can arise in school districts. This program contains the following topics:

  • Overview of Discrimination Law
  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • ESL/Ethnicity Discrimination
  • LGBT Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment

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Governance, Ethics, and Accountability

This online offering provides an overview of the law concerning school district governance, ethics, and accountability for school officials, recordkeeping, and emerging issues of school law. The program contains the following important topics:

  • Public school governance
  • Review of source of school, constitutional, state, and case law and federal statutes regulations, and district policy
  • The School Ethics Code and its application to board members; school administrators
  • New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act
  • Pupil records law under FERPA -New Jersey’s accountability regulations

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NJ’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

New Jersey has adopted the most comprehensive bullying prevention law in the nation. In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the broad scope of the protections available to students and parents under New Jersey’s law; the legal obligations related to preventing, identifying, investigating, and responding to potential incidents of HIB; and the broader obligations related to promoting a positive school climate and culture. The course includes a review of major case law since the law’s adoption, revisions to state regulations, and a real-world cyberbullying scenario.

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Progressive Supervision and CAPs

This online course will empower school leaders to effectively address various aspects of progressive supervision. Participants will learn about legal requirements and best practices related to the development and implementation of Corrective Action Plans, conducting evaluations and post-observations conferences, doing midyear CAP reviews, addressing insubordination, and writing effective CAPs for a wide range of employees. All participants will be able to demonstrate content knowledge through the completion of an online assessment.

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Special Education

This course addresses legal requirements under IDEA and Section 504. It includes a review of what constitutes a Free Appropriate Public Education, how do we determine the Least Restrictive Environment, how do we address issues of student discipline, and what due process protections are available for students and their parents.

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Staff Rights and Responsibilities

This online offering provides an overview of the law concerning staff rights and responsibilities. This course that covers the following important topics:

  • Tenure and Seniority
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation and Discrimination
  • Evaluations
  • Increment Withholdings
  • Employee Discipline

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

“Student Rights and Responsibilities” provides an overview of the law concerning public school students’ rights and responsibilities. This course focuses on student safety; code of conduct; student discipline; bullying and cyber-bullying; student confidentiality rights; schools’ duties to supervise students and to affirmative consent to sexual advances, and the latest guidance on parental rights under FERPA related to HIB investigation records. The session will also include a concise overview of key policies and procedures that should be in place related to HIB.

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Tenure and Evaluation Law

This online offering provides an overview of TEACHNJ, New Jersey’s tenure reform law, which became effective on August 6, 2012. The course also provides an overview of New Jersey seniority law. The program includes important topics such as:

  • Tenure Acquisition
  • Evaluation Requirements
  • Corrective Action Plans
  • Seniority Law
  • Reductions in Force

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School Law Webinars

Comprehensive and interactive series of one-hour school law webinars on timely issues. Each webinar will include a brief overview of the latest developments in select areas of school law.

Addressing Conduct Away From School Grounds for Students and Staff

Original broadcast date: February 9, 2021
This webinar will review the legal parameters for school officials in addressing conduct away from school grounds. Topics to be covered will include bullying and cyberbullying, responding to student disputes that occur off school grounds, linking participation in athletics to conduct outside of school, addressing derogatory comments towards staff members, responding to self-destructive student behavior such as drug or alcohol use, and understanding how courts balance student First Amendment rights with other considerations.

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Bringing It All Together: A Systemic Approach to Student Safety

March 16, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This webinar provides a framework for putting in place appropriate policies and protocols to protect student safety. Participants will learn about the high expectations established in case law and codified in statute and regulation related to student safety. Specific issues addressed include HIB policies, key elements of the code of student conduct, key requirements related to student risk assessment, and working closely with law enforcement and other outside entities.

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Human Resources: New Requirements, Best Practices and the Law

April 13, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 4:40 pm
Human Resource management is constantly evolving, with new legal requirements related to family leave, sick leave, equal pay, dealing with vendors, employee background checks and many other areas. This webinar will provide HR directors and individuals with HR responsibilities who may wear many other hats with information on the latest legal developments, along with important tools and resources for effectively balancing the many responsibilities in the human resource field.

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You Can't Make This #$%^& Up! - School Law Horror Stories and Lessons to Be Learned

May 11, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Fact is often stranger than fiction. That is certainly true when it comes to many legal issues that arise in public schools. In this Webinar, participants will learn about some of the most outrageous and legally damaging cases involving public schools and the lessons that should be learned to avoid such issues in the future.

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Legal Issues in Student Health

June 15, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
School districts have numerous requirements related to addressing the health needs of students. This webinar will provide an overview of key legal requirements related to addressing students with medical needs, including issues related to COVID-19, emergency administration of medicine, responding to students on field trips, addressing situations that may occur in athletics, responding to suspected substance abuse and potential overdose and the legal rights of students, parents and school officials under FERPA, HIPAA and other requirements.

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Note: Additional webinars will be added for the next school year in August.