Online registration open for Oct. 26 KSBA training event on dealing with bullying, harassment allegations in Kentucky schools

School staff members must learn how to protect themselves and the school system when individuals make allegations of harassment and bullying.  School districts should not risk an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, federal Office of Civil Rights or the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability because staff members do not understand how to appropriately respond to such allegations.

This day-long training event will help employees understand how to appropriately investigate and document the district’s response to complaints under federal harassment law and under Kentucky bullying law.  Sometimes, these two types of complaints overlap.  There are specific requirements about how districts must respond and document their responses to such allegations.  KSBA is providing this timely training that will teach administrators how to respond in either situation.  The training includes when and how to investigate and what to document.  It also reviews the various policies/procedures and forms KSBA provides to navigate these demandingareas of law.

Here’s a closer look at the conference agenda:

• Board and district personnel responsibilities when conduct violates state and federal bullying, discrimination and/or harassment laws.

• Investigation and documentation.

• Policy and procedure implementation, including bullying and hazing of students, reporting criminal activities, child abuse and the student discipline code.

• Dealing with court and federal agency complaints.

• Bullying prevention checklist.

Registration fee: $200 per person (No cancellations are allowed but substitutions for registered participants will be permitted.) The online registration link is here

The seminars will be Oct. 26 at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike in Lexington, (859) 233-0512.

Session presenters areTeresa T. Combs, KSBA’s director of Legal and Administrative Training; Dara Bass, KSBA’s director of Policy and Procedure Services; Janet Jeanes, KSBA principal policy and procedure consultant; Jon Akers, director, Kentucky Center for School Safety; and Mike Schmitt, attorney.

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