Parental Authority in Today's Schools: Who Has Rights and Why It Matters
School employees encounter students from a wide array of backgrounds and families… those whose parents are divorced, those who live with individuals other than their parents, those who are in the foster care system, those whose parents are incarcerated, those who are living on their own, students who are homeless, and so on. It is often difficult to know what rules apply in different, sometimes very complicated, situations. For example, can a stepparent view a child’s medical records without specific authorization? Can a grandparent with whom a child is living (but without legal custody) agree to related services in an IEP? Who has the legal authority to sign a field trip waiver of liability? What rights do foster parents have? Issues related to a child’s family can be tricky, not only because of the many different types of families and living situations involved, but also because of the number of different state and federal laws that could potentially be implicated. This session provides a practical approach to determining who has rights with regards to a student and what role non-parents may play in the education of a child.
Please join Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach as she takes a legally-complex subject and distills it into clear, understandable, and practical information and tools that schools can use to ensure that they are effectively meeting the needs of all students while protecting their rights. This session is ideal for all school employees, including public, non-public and charter school teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, coaches/activities coordinators, and other school personnel. This is a practical guide to a typically confusing topic and Atty. Gilsbach provides informational graphics, quick-reference guides, procedural tips, and memorable case studies to ensure that the information learned in this session will not be easily forgotten. ALL school employees need this training!
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Common custody-related issues and custodial rights of divorced/separated parents
- How schools should be handling Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders
- Who has the authority for each of the following and which laws apply
- Making medical decisions/Consent to non-emergency medical treatment on behalf of a child
- Making educational decisions on behalf of a child
- Viewing records and/or receive confidential information from student records
- Consenting to special education services (including related services that may involve the nurse) under the IDEA
- Taking physical possession of the child
- Waiving a child’s rights?
- Releasing a party of liability on behalf of a child
- Providing emergency care/services to a child
- Practical tips regarding what documentation should be included in new enrollment requests, procedures and protocols schools should follow for requesting and updating custody and PFA documentation, and best practices regarding consent forms, liability waivers, and permission slips
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