Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy … . Is your school in compliance with the basic legal protection laws regarding students with disabilities? Are you creating Section 504 plans for all students who are entitled to Section 504 accommodations, or are you under-identifying students who are entitled to these legal protections? Lawsuits involving allegations of Section 504 violations are increasing and can be very costly for schools, yet very few schools have legally-defensible procedures and practices with regards to Section 504.
Please join Erin Gilsbach, attorney at law, as she provides insight into common errors that schools make and practical solutions to enhance legal compliance. Atty. Gilsbach has found that schools across the nation are making the same liability-inducing mistakes. She provides insight into what common practices get schools into legal trouble, and she offers a simple, realistic solution to some of these chronic (and costly!) legal issues. In this fast-paced, easy-to-follow training, she identifies areas of much-need improvement and helps schools identify and SOLVE some of today’s most significant Section 504 legal liability issues.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- What disabilities are eligible for Section 504 protections?
- What does a legally-defensible Section 504 plan need to include?
- Who should have a copy of a student’s Section 504 plan?
- What happens when parents and schools don’t agree on accommodations?
- What types of accommodations need to be made for students with disabilities?
- How often do Section 504 plans need to be reviewed/rewritten?
- What should schools do when parents do not provide necessary medical information?
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Top 10 Section 504 Myths: Avoid Pitfalls and Prevent Liability” is Erin Gilsbach. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law, Erin Gilsbach is an attorney with the Pennsylvania-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp and the president of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She is dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. Throughout her career, she has provided legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Atty. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by providing engaging and high-quality professional development trainings for educators and school leaders in the area of school law. In addition, she helps schools create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are not only compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements but that also anticipate the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.
Erin Gilsbach has been voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past five years, and she is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to private practice, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel.
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