SROs, School Police, and Private Security: Legal Guidance for Schools

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Date: 9/12/2019, 1 PM Central
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 webinar or On-Demand, $399.00 webinar and On-Demand. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys representing schools, student counselors, faculty, principals, security, operations, superintendents
Best For: K-12

In the wake of incidents of school violence that have occurred in recent years, schools are increasingly relying upon the use of school resource officers (SROs), school police, and other private security to help aid the safety of their buildings. This increase in security presence has raised a number of legal issues and resulted in significant litigation, including special education lawsuits. In light of increasing concerns regarding student privacy, the U.S. Department of Education issued formal guidance this spring regarding FERPA constraints on the sharing of personally identifiable student information with SROs.

Please join nationally recognized school law expert Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., as she discusses the wide-ranging legal issues surrounding the use of SROs, school police, and school security. She will also address the relationship between schools and local police, and will provide guidance regarding referrals to law enforcement and effective drafting of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) between schools and local police forces.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What are some of the provisions that should and should not be included in MOUs with local law enforcement?
  • When should school administrators seek SRO involvement? Are there times that they should not?
  • What are the special education implications if a student engages in disability-related behaviors that result in SRO or law enforcement action?
  • When can and should school entities share student information with SROs, school police, and local law enforcement?
  • What training should schools ensure that their SROs or school police have?
  • How should schools create and manage disaster and emergency plans, and what engagement with law enforcement should be involved?



Your conference leader for “SROs, School Police, and Private Security: Legal Guidance for Schools” 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. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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