Searching Student Cell Phones: Rules and Limitations with Student Property and Privacy Rights

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DL Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Katherine Gilfillan, attorney at law
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, teachers, principals, superintendents, school counsel
Best For: K-12

They’re everywhere. Movie theatres, trains, ballgames and… in the classroom. Cell phones are a must have in today’s digital age. Every student has one and every educator has a story about a student who has improperly used a phone in some fashion. In classrooms, cell phones are utilized as a teaching and learning tool and, in some places, students are encouraged to bring their phones into class. But what happens when they are used to post harassing messages on social media? Film a fellow student in the locker room or a teacher in the classroom? What if it is being used to set up a drug buy? Or what if they merely become a distraction from the day’s lessons? What is an educator to do?

Please join Katherine Gilfillan for a program that will provide insight into when an educator may properly search a student’s cell phone and how far that search may be extended. Perhaps even more importantly, what should be done with the information once in the possession of the educator?


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The scope and limit of a student’s right to privacy
  • Recent case law governing searches
  • When a cell phone can be searched
  • What information can be obtained during the search
  • How to secure a cell phone
  • What to do with the information
  • What elements to include in your cell phone policies


Your conference leader for “Searching Student Cell Phones: Rules and Limitations with Student Property and Privacy Rights” is Kate Gilfillan. Ms. Gilfillan has concentrated her practice in the area of school law and public sector law. She represents numerous school districts in all areas of labor and employment law, special education law, residency, teacher and student discipline, contract preparation, public contracting, FMLA/FLA issues and other student matters. In addition to assisting with internal investigations, Ms. Gilfillan regularly appears in the Office of Administrative Law for Civil Service and Education matters as well as the Office of Civil Rights/U.S. Department of Education, Division of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Commissioner of Education, and state and federal courts.

Ms. Gilfillan supplements her court-based advocacy with in-service training and policy and practice review to assist her clients in avoiding litigation. She regularly provides training in the areas of Individual Education Program (IEP) development; IDEA compliance, cyber-bullying and sexual harassment; teacher and student discipline, and American with Disabilities Act/504 compliance. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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