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.

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

Original broadcast date: March 16, 2021 
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

Original broadcast date: April 13, 2021
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

Original broadcast date: May 11, 2021
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

Original broadcast date: June 15, 2021
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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HIB and the Return the School

Original broadcast date: September 1, 2021

With the vast majority of students returning to in-person instruction this Fall, school districts need to brace for a variety of new challenges we have never seen related to HIB. What happens when students confide about incidents that may have occurred months ago? What impact will the rise in hate crimes and bias related acts have on students being targeted? Will students be targeted for bullying because they or a family member contracted COVID during that time? How will students respond after a year of not interacting with their peers in-person, and will it lead to an uptick in HIB?

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Student 1st Amendment Rights in Light of the June 2021 U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Original broadcast date: September 21, 2021

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court provided clarification regarding students’ off-campus 1st Amendment Free Speech Rights, when it rendered its Decision in the case of MAHANOY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT v. B. L., A MINOR, BY AND THROUGH HER FATHER, LEVY, ET AL., which has also come to be known publicly as “The Cheerleader Case”. This webinar will provide an analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in the Levy Case, and this Decision’s applicability to School Districts regarding disciplining a student for their off-campus speech, HIB Claims, and other non-disciplinary issues that a School District may arise from off-campus speech.

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Developing Support Plans for At-Risk Students

Original broadcast date: October 21, 2021

It has never been more important to have a strong safety net in place for our most at-risk students. This webinar will review key aspects of identifying students in need of formalized support plans, state and federal law intended to protect vulnerable student populations, key elements to include in support plans, and sample templates. Participants will learn about key aspects of support plans for students who are victims of HIB or dating violence, students struggling with substance use and/or mental health issues, and students seeking to address issues related to gender identity and expression.

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Implicit Bias, Disproportionality and the Law

Original broadcast date: November 9, 2021

We all have implicit biases. But if we fail to recognize our biases and take concerted steps to mitigate their impact, they have the potential to lead to unfair and potentially discriminatory treatment of students, parents and staff. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the key legal requirements that are in place to ensure that all districts take thoughtful steps to recognize, reduce and respond to implicit biases and ensure that students and other stakeholders are treated fairly at all times.

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Schools and Law Enforcement Working Together

Original broadcast date: December 16, 2021

When schools and Law Enforcement have a strong working relationship, everyone benefits. This webinar will provide an overview of the key provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement between School Districts and local Law Enforcement. Participants will develop a clear understanding of mandatory reporting requirements, appropriate means of information sharing, and best practices for working together to promote student safety.

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The Strengthening Gifted Education Act – What’s New? What Remains? What will be?

Original broadcast date: January 19, 2022

The NJ Legislature recently passed the Strengthening Gifted Education Act; the first legislative or regulatory action to directly affect NJ gifted education in more than a decade. For the first time ever, the NJDOE is collecting information about gifted education programming in every school district in New Jersey, holding school districts more accountable for gifted education. This session will review the changes for gifted education, what remains, what the next legislative session may hold for gifted education programs in NJ and the resulting impact.

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