1. 7 Key Rules that Schools Need to Know about Online Options, Digital Education, and Special Ed Law

7 Key Rules that Schools Need to Know about Online Options, Digital Education, and Special Ed Law

7 Key Rules that Schools Need to Know about Online Options, Digital Education, and Special Ed Law
Event ID: 18493
Session ID: 15846

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys representing schools, student counselors, faculty, principals, special education, student services
Best For: K-12

In order to compete with the growing number of cyber-charter options, many of today’s public schools are offering some type of cyber-option, including completely online-based curricula that serve as an alternative to cyber charter. In addition, parents and students are demanding online alternatives for students who may be homebound for medical or psychiatric reasons, and digital curricula are increasingly being used as tools for special education students. With the increased use of these technologies, however, comes increased risk of potential liability, both from a FAPE standpoint under Section 504 and the IDEA as well as through violation of laws such as CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, and other federal and state laws.

Please join Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach as she provides critical information that every special education administrator needs to know about technology, special education, I:1/BYOD programs, and legal liability, including adhering to pseudo-parental-permission requirements when using online learning systems and apps for student education, addressing CIPA-related issues, and protecting student privacy in a digital world.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Legal Concerns and Considerations Regarding Full-Time Cyber-Options and FAPE
  • Addressing the Needs of Students who Return from Cyber-School and Reintegrating Them Into a Brick-and-Mortar Educational Setting
  • Legal Requirements and Legally-Defensible Best Practices Regarding the Use of Apps and Online Programs in Special Ed Classrooms
  • Legal Issues that All Schools Should Consider Before Implementing 1:1 and Bring-Your-Own-Device Programs
  • Special Education Legal Issues Related to Cyber-Bullying and the Use of Electronic Devices and the Internet
  • Legal Requirements and Best Practices for Technology Education and Online Safety Training for Students


Your conference leader for “7 Key Rules that Schools Need to Know about Online Options, Digital Education, and Special Ed Law” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Ms. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.

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