1. Truancy Troubles: Understanding the Legal Issues and Dealing with Chronically-Absent Students

Truancy Troubles: Understanding the Legal Issues and Dealing with Chronically-Absent Students

Truancy Troubles: Understanding the Legal Issues and Dealing with Chronically-Absent Students
Event ID: 73396
Session ID: 16180
Date: 11/19/19, 1 PM Eastern

Date: 11/19/19, 1 PM Eastern
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, special education, student counselors, faculty, principals, nurses, student services
Best For: K-12


Absenteeism can cause significant problems for school systems. High rates of absenteeism within a school system can have a negative impact on student test scores, ultimately affecting the school’s accountability rating. Chronic absenteeism can also have a devastating impact on a student’s academic success. Students who are chronically absent from school for medical reasons may have rights under Section 504 and/or the IDEA and may be entitled to disability-related accommodations. In addition, students who are chronically-absent for non-medical reasons can often develop anxiety and school-phobia symptoms that may ultimately result in disability rights protections. Overall, truancy is not only disruptive to the individual but to the classroom as a whole.

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., an experienced school law attorney, as she examines the issue of truancy and its impact on schools and individual students. She will examine the interplay between disability and truancy and provide effective solutions to common issues related to individual student absenteeism. In addition, she will provide best-practice tips and tools for addressing the significant issue of chronic absenteeism on a school-wide basis.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Nationwide trends in student absenteeism
  • Implications of chronic absenteeism under the ESSA
  • School obligations, and the risk of liability under Section 504 and IDEA with regards to chronically-absent students
  • Best-practice tips for dealing physicians and multiple, vague, or otherwise problematic doctors’ notes
  • Policy and procedural practices designed to reduce the instances and average duration of chronic absenteeism



Your conference leader for Truancy Troubles: Understanding the Legal Issues and Dealing with Chronically-Absent Students 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.

Ms. 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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