WASB webinars focus on providing school board members and administrators with timely information and resources. To participate in a WASB webinar, you will need a computer with Internet access.
To register for a live, upcoming webinar, go into the WASB registration system and register for it as you would any other event. To purchase a recorded webinar, go into the WASB store and purchase it as you would any other product.
Note to WASB Policy Resource Guide Subscribers: Links to the recordings of all WASB legal webinars are included in the Policy Resource Guide at no additional cost. If subscribers want to participate in a live webinar, a standard registration is required.
All webinars – live and recorded – are $55 each for 2020-21.
The WASB will also be offering a series of training packages geared to help districts adapt to new Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment in public schools. Find the details and register on our Title IX Training website.
Upcoming, Live WASB Webinars
WASB Legal and Legislative Video Update, Aug. 19, 10 am
In this monthly video series, WASB legal and government relations staff will discuss timely issues in a live interactive discussion. These informal conversations are meant to be an engaging new way for members to stay informed and contribute themselves.
Time: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10 am
Registration: Not required
Link to Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84290464318
Recorded Legal Webinars for Purchase
Administrator Contracts (Oct. 2019)
This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract terms, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more. State and federal court decisions on administrator contracts, including the Klaus v. Eau Claire School District case, will be covered.
This presentation will review the notice requirements for annual and special meetings, cover meeting agendas and procedures and discuss the division of powers between the annual meeting and the school board in common school districts. The webinar was recorded in four parts.
Part 1: Introduction, Time and Place of the Annual Meeting, and Meeting Notice
Part 2: Annual Meeting Powers
Part 3: Preparing for the Annual Meeting
Part 4: Conducting the Annual Meeting, Meeting Minutes, Special Meetings of the Electors
Complaint and Public Comment Procedures (Oct. 2014)
Communications with the public and community engagement are some of the most important responsibilities of the school board, but can also interfere with the efficient conduct of business at board meetings. This webinar will review legal and policy issues relating to public participation at board meetings and the processing of complaints from the public. .
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Complaint Procedures
Part 3: Public Participation, Legal Considerations
Part 4: Public Participation, Policy Considerations
Election Notices and Procedures (Nov. 2019)
Wisconsin school districts must comply with numerous statutory obligations related to elections. This presentation will cover key deadlines, required notices and post-election processes. It will be of particular interest to school district clerks and to superintendents’ administrative assistants (who often assist with election duties).
The presenter has recorded this brief video outlining the webinar and explaining who it is targeted to:
Part 1: Election Notices and Procedures
Part 2: Campaign Finance
Extracurricular assignments compliment the core educational mission, but pose unique issues. This presentation will address the hiring process for coaches, how to pay coaches under the fair labor standards act, who can coach for the district, the role of volunteers, the training for coaches on concussions, and implications under Title IX.
FMLA: State and Federal Requirements (Dec. 2019)
This webinar will review requirements under the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, including eligibility for leave for birth or adoption, serious health conditions of employees, parents, spouses and children and the various leaves available to military service men and women and their families. Employer notice and documentation requirements will be covered along with employer and employee rights and obligations during and after FMLA leaves.
Part 1: Applicable Employers and Employees, Employer Notice Requirements (11 minutes)
Part 2: Types of Employee Leaves, Birth or Adoption (14 minutes)
Part 3: Serious Health Condition, Military Caregiver, Qualifying Exigency (10 minutes)
Part 4: Non-continuous Increments, Substitution of Paid Leave, Benefits Allowed, Reemployment (22 minutes)
Hiring Support Staff (July 2014)
This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of support staff, including state requirements. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, and reference checks. You will also learn about state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.
Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process (February 2020)
The elimination of collective bargaining by Act 10 elevates the importance of individual teacher contracts, which may become similar in content to administrator contracts. This presentation will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs in the post-collective bargaining world. This presentation also will review the basics of nonrenewal of teacher contracts under section 118.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes and include guidance on the application of constitutional protections and discrimination laws as well as alternatives to nonrenewal will be discussed.
Law Enforcement Interactions and School Safety Plans (September 2019)
Having safe and productive learning environments is crucial to student achievement. This webinar will cover a wide range of topics related to school safety including: how schools cooperate with law enforcement officers and avoid issues of obstruction of justice; parent notification of student interviews with outside agency personnel at school; school staff presence during an interview with outside agency personnel; law enforcement officer responsibilities related to the protection of student rights, searches and information sharing; removing a student from school; referral to law enforcement authorities; and the School Safety Act and related items.
Public Participation at Board Meetings (Oct. 2019)
Public comments at meetings can present a difficult balancing act for school boards. While providing regular opportunities for members of the public to offer input is important, the school board also needs to carefully manage its meeting time and encourage constructive discourse. This webinar will identify the relevant legal and policy considerations that a board can use as a guide when it identifies a need to refine its current approach to public participation during meetings.
Pupil Expulsions (Sept. 2019)
This webinar presentation covers state and federal laws relating to pupil expulsions. The presentation will provide a roadmap for considering the expulsion of pupils and how to avoid common pitfalls when doing so. The presentation will focus on procedures for administrators as well as for boards that conduct their own expulsion hearings. In addition, the presentation will also include an Expulsion Overview Guide with sample notifications and hearing procedures.
Pupil Records (Aug. 2019)
The maintenance and release of pupil records are dictated by state and federal laws. This presentation will cover the basics of the pupil records laws with a focus on the limitations to the release of pupil records and recent legal changes.
Rules of Order for Conducting School Board Meetings (April 2014)
In general, school board meetings are more effective when the board members’ attention is focused on the substance of their decisions, rather than on the procedures that are used to navigate the agenda and reach those decisions. A board policy that establishes a core set of “rules of order” for board meetings can provide a useful, mutually-understood framework for conducting board business. The presentation will provide an overview of areas where state law mandates certain procedures for school board meetings, and it will also identify several areas in which school boards have local flexibility.
More and more school districts are going to referenda for funding and facilities. This interactive webinar will cover the legal and policy considerations that you should consider before going to referenda. The webinar will provide detailed analysis of the different types of referenda, the procedure and timing of referenda, the use of district funds and resources during a referenda, the roles of the board, individual board members and staff during a referenda, and how districts, staff, and boards may interact with third party groups, e.g. “vote yes,” “vote no,” etc.
The use of social media, online communications and email by school board members raises legal issues for individual board members and school boards as a whole. This webinar will address the legal implications of such use in regards to the First Amendment, Wisconsin’s open meetings, public records and pupil records laws, and board member roles and responsibilities, including who speaks for the board amongst other things.
Title IX – School Districts’ Obligations (April 2019)
The federal Office for Civil Rights has been diligent in warning school leaders about the full scope of each district’s Title IX obligations. In this webinar, we’ll identify how Title IX’s focus on sex discrimination and gender equity apply in key areas, such as career and technical education, sex-based harassment, school discipline, employment and athletics. Title IX self-audits and other recommended practices will also be discussed, as well as designating, assigning responsibilities to and training a formal Title IX coordinator.
Complimentary WASB Webinars
Our Commitment to Equity/Racial Justice (Link goes to recording, recorded July 30, 2020)
This webinar series will feature the Sun Prairie and Brown Deer School Districts and their critically important work in these areas. Highlighted will be their equity frameworks, related policies and what they are doing to overcome disproportionality with important student outcomes. Earlier this summer, the WASB Board of Directors approved a statement about racial inequalities and related equity issues. Our strong commitment to help school boards address these issues has now led to a series of webinars that are designed to provide specific information about strategies to confront racism and address inequities for our students.
Reopening Schools: Perspectives from WASB Insurance Plan Members (Part 2) (Link goes to recording, recorded July 28, 2020)
The WASB Insurance Plan hosted a second complimentary webinar with representatives from USI Insurance (formerly Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting), M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. and TRICOR Inc. regarding the reopening of schools. They talked about:
- COVID-19 testing and symptom tracking in the workplace (presentation slides)
- COVID-related absences, employee rights and health insurance eligibility (paid sick leave flow chart) (FMLA flow chart)
- COVID-19’s impact on short-term and long-term disability insurance eligibility and benefits (presentation slides)
- Other benefit concerns schools may address in determining how to reopen
Reopening Schools: Perspectives from WASB Insurance Plan Members (Part 1) (Link goes to recording, recorded July 22, 2020)
The WASB Insurance Plan hosted a complimentary webinar with representatives from Gallagher, M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. and TRICOR Inc. regarding the reopening of schools. They discussed:
• access to facilities (presentation slides)
• unique issues for student transportation (presentation slides)
• food service and other areas with unique liability concerns (presentation slides)
• other liability concerns connected with reopening
The New Title IX Regulations: Identifying Initial Issues and Decision Points for Local Policy Development (Link goes to recording, recorded June 2020)
WASB staff teamed up with Boardman & Clark for this free webinar to help school leaders begin to understand some of the important decision-points that will come up during local policy work related to the new Title IX regulations. The presenters provided their initial thoughts on some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.
The presentation outline/handout is available here.
Responding to COVID-19: Safely Returning to Work (Link goes to recording, recorded June 2020)
To help school districts prepare for the return to school in the fall, the WASB drafted an addendum to the WASB Employee Handbook to address COVID-19 employment-related matters. During this complimentary webinar, WASB attorneys will review the WASB Employee Handbook addendum and discuss a number of different considerations and COVID-19 mitigation measures for safely returning employees to work in schools.
Link to Download Addendum to Staff Handbook (Word document): https://www.wasb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Addendum-to-Employee-Handbook-Concerning-Pandemic-Protocols-20200805.docx
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