1. Employee Use of Social Media: What K-12 Schools Need to Know

Employee Use of Social Media: What K-12 Schools Need to Know

Employee Use of Social Media: What K-12 Schools Need to Know
Event ID: 70875
Session ID: 15959

Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, principals, human resources directors, and district legal counsel
Best For: K-12

School districts are seeing staff use various social media both inside and outside the schools. In some cases, the use of social media may be part of the overall educational methodology. In other instances, employees may utilize social media outside the classroom, including Twitter and Facebook. School districts often have acceptable use policies to address use of district technology, but addressing use of other outside and personal technology raises many legal concerns. Such use may raise concerns related to whether a school can discipline an employee for certain conduct over outside social media use, whether such conduct is protected by law or by the U.S. Constitution, and whether a school may gain access to such outside personal accounts.

Please join attorney Rick Verstegen for a presentation focusing on the various legal considerations that are raised with employee use of social media, including student confidentiality, concerted activity, and First Amendment concerns.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand the various technologies that may be utilized by staff and the district’s obligations to address these technologies
  • Learn why adopting and distributing policies and handbook provisions are so important
  • Review elements of dealing with off-campus use of technology, including First Amendment, harassment, and defamation implications
  • Update your understanding of the laws related to technology in the schools, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
  • Understand the ability of school districts to search online accounts for staff


Your conference leader for “Employee Use of Social Media: What K-12 Schools Need to Know” is Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick is an experienced member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. He represents educational institutions (including public school districts and technical colleges) in a variety of education law matters. He counsels school clients in labor and employment, student rights, student discipline, meetings and records, special education, Title IX, privacy and technology issues, student safety, policy, governance, and many other issues. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, attends board meetings, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick has also published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition, he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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