1. Violence in Schools: Guidance on Crisis Management, School Safety, Communication, and Early Identification of Dangerous Students

Violence in Schools: Guidance on Crisis Management, School Safety, Communication, and Early Identification of Dangerous Students

Violence in Schools: Guidance on Crisis Management, School Safety, Communication, and Early Identification of Dangerous Students
Event ID: 18433
Session ID: 15954

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, district legal counsel, principals, counselors, coaches, board members, superintendents, teachers, staff
Best For: K-12

The tragic events in Parkland shook the nation’s K-12 community to its core. Unfortunately, it was one of many such incidents. In the first two months of 2018, there were eight school shootings, and schools across the nation are doing their best to ensure that these types of tragedies do not extend to their own districts. While parents are struggling with how to discuss these issues with their children, schools are struggling with how to keep their own students safe. This session will address key legal and practical issues associated with school safety and gun violence in schools, including: examining the legal implications of school shootings; addressing liability issues related to school safety protocols, discussing the essential need for school-wide communication plans for parents and the media; and sharing best practices for creating and disseminating school safety protocols and crisis plans.

Please join Erin Gilsbach as she not only addresses these issues but also explores the topic of pre-emptively identifying students who may be contemplating acts of school violence and preventing school violence events. She will examine the role of social media in that process and will provide a legal analysis and best practice tips for schools with regards to the identification of potentially dangerous students. She also discusses the difficult issue of preserving the legal rights of those students deemed or suspected to be potentially dangerous as well as what legal obligations of schools to take proactive measure to prevent gun violence or other tragic events from being carried out by students and/or members of the community.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Legal liability issues related to school safety
  • Identifying and preventing potential school violence events
  • Potential legal causes of action related to school shootings
  • Addressing the media and community in times of crisis
  • Parent communication and emergency notification
  • Legal issues regarding the possession of guns by school employees
  • Emergency protocols and first responder communication plans
  • Communicating with students and staff about tragedies reported in media
  • Ensuring safe and effective dissemination of information regarding school safety protocols and crisis plans to students and staff


Your conference leader for “Violence in Schools: Guidance on Crisis Management, School Safety, Communication, and Early Identification of Dangerous 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.

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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