1. Field Trips, Extracurricular Activities, and Special Needs Students: Common Liability Issues and Practical Solutions

Field Trips, Extracurricular Activities, and Special Needs Students: Common Liability Issues and Practical Solutions

Field Trips, Extracurricular Activities, and Special Needs Students: Common Liability Issues and Practical Solutions
Event ID: 18496
Session ID: 15879

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, nurses, student services
Best For: K-12

From swim teams to middle school musicals and everything in between, public schools offer wide varieties of extracurricular activities and field trip opportunities, but what are their legal obligations regarding accommodating students with disabilities at these events/trips, and are today’s schools really doing enough? In this session, Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., a school attorney who provides professional development to educators, school leaders, and school attorneys nationwide, provides a lively, in-depth analysis of this issue.

Using recent cases from across the nation to provide an expansive study of the topic, Atty. Gilsbach addresses some of the most prominent and sometimes puzzling issues, including: requirements for nurse attendance; administration of medication; volunteers and the provision of services and accommodations; confidentiality issues; parental attendance; disagreement between the school and the student’s physician regarding ability to participate; implementation of accommodations at irregular or one-time events (dances, performances, etc.); and much more.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What does the law require with regards to accommodating students with disabilities during extracurricular activities and events?
  • What different types of activities/events require special consideration?
  • When should schools be determining accommodation needs for students who will or may be participating in extracurriculars?
  • What are the rules regarding sharing information about students’ disabilities and medical needs with volunteers, such as coaches and chaperones?
  • What do schools need to think about when planning overnight trips?
  • When are nurses required, and when can a layperson provide medical accommodations?
  • What are the obligations of schools to accommodate students at one-time events, such as dances, concerts, etc., when they are not even sure that the student will be in attendance?


Your conference leader for “Field Trips, Extracurricular Activities, and Special Needs Students: Common Liability Issues and Practical Solutions” 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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