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Our materials and forms are an essential part of our preventive law strategy. We design them to be affordable, practical, and easy to use.

Eichelbaum Wardell materials can be found in most school districts throughout the state. Many districts own our complete library. We guarantee your satisfaction.

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Construction
School Construction Basics Manual
2015 Revised Edition Details

2015 Revised Edition

Bond elections, facility allotments, natural disasters-all these can result in new school buildings, repairs, and renovations. But those projects are not for the unwary or the unprepared. School districts must follow strict statutory requirements for all stages of a construction project, from the hiring of an engineer or architect through contract administration. And the consequences of NOT following those processes can be serious. This publication provides a step-by-step guide and explanation of the legal requirements for school construction projects.

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$150.00
Especially for Educators
Legal Issues for Cheerleader and Drill Team Sponsors
2017 Version Details

2017 Version

This manual provides practical advice for handling often encountered situations by cheerleader and drill team sponsors.

Topics covered are:

  • Extracurricular Codes of Conduct
  • Cheerleader Constitutions
  • Booster Club and Activity Accounts
  • District and Staff Immunity
  • Administration of Medication
  • Transportation and Other Travel Issues
  • Discipline and Removal from Team
  • Access to Education Records, Score Cards
  • Title IX - Gender Discrimination Issues
  • Relevant Federal and State Court Cases
Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$65.00
Updated
Legal Issues for School Librarians
Details

Librarians have a unique set of responsibilities that can place not only their school but their district in legal hot water. What should a librarian do when the community approaches them about book selections? How does a librarian respond to copyright violations? This information-packed handbook will provide information on how to deal with situations common to school librarians.

Topics Covered Are:

 

• Censorship
• Copyright Law
• Freedom of Speech
• Confidentiality
• Student Records
• Religion in the School
• Liability
• Intellectual Property
• Harassment
• Technology Use

 

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$70.00
Legal Issues for School Secretaries
Details

2016 Edition

Arm your school's first line of defense, your school secretary, with important and helpful information they can use every day. Our Legal Issues for School Secretaries manual will provide practical methods for handling issues with legal implications that school secretaries frequently confront.

Topics:

  • Admissions/Enrollment
  • Attendance
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Family Issues
  • Fingerprinting
  • First Amendment
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Residency
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Offenders
  • Social Media
  • Students Records
Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$85.00
Updated
Governance
Booster Club Information Booklet
This low-cost booklet is the perfect mechanism to communicate, in easy to read language, the district's rules for Booster Clubs that support its extracurricular activities. Details

Community support organizations for extracurricular activities-or Booster Clubs-are a valuable complement to the school's athletic, music, and academic competition programs. Their activities often provide additional financial resources and enrichment for the programs they support, but sometimes the lines between a Booster Club and the school district become blurred. This low-cost booklet is the perfect mechanism to communicate, in easy to read language, the district's rules for Booster Clubs that support its extracurricular activities. It is designed to supplement the information contained in University Interscholastic League's (UIL's) Booster Club Guidelines. A must for all Booster Clubs in your district. Topics addressed include:

  • Formation, names and registration guidelines
  • Becoming a tax-exempt organization
  • Fund-raising and accounting
  • Booster Club meetings
  • Working with school staff
  • Field trips and transportation
  • Award restrictions 
Available Formats: PDF Document
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$100.00
Updated
Tax Ratification Elections Booklet
This booklet will give you a step by step overview of a tax ratification election from start to finish. Details

Authored by Eichelbaum Wardell & Joe Smith of TexasISD.com

Updated to include 2016 law.

Written in conversational tone, this booklet will give you a step by step overview of a tax ratification election from start to finish. While it won't perform the required calculations to determine if your district will need an election, it does outline the available options and prepares you for decisions that lie ahead.  It is an ideal resource for board members new to the tax ratification process, administrators who have never had to consider a tax ratification election, members of the media who need background information about school financial processes, and citizens interested in the financial and operational organization of schools.

Among the topics included are the advantages and disadvantages of basing your proposed tax rate on estimated or certified tax rolls, how to select an election date, whom to notify of a needed tax ratification election, and where to find help in completing all the minute details involved in a tax ratification election. If you anticipate your district will be considering a tax ratification election, this booklet will prepare you for the process to come.

Available Formats: PDF Document,Printed Manual
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$100.00
Updated
Trustee Manual Set
2016 Version (Set of 8) Details

Updated 2016 Version

Superintendents and board members told us they needed a practical guide that explains their roles, responsibilities, and authority. So after hundreds of hours of legal work and critical input from an Advisory Committee of board members, superintendents, and Education Service Center personnel, we published the Trustee Manual. It is an exceptional product, not simply because it is our product, but because there is nothing else like it.

  • The Manual is organized into six sections: Being A Trustee, Board Meetings, Personnel Issues, Student Issues, Business Issues, and Liability
  • Each section has its own supplement of sample forms, motion language, resolutions, and notes
  • Legal citations do not appear in the text, but in the 'Becoming An Expert' pages at the end of each section
  • Sold in sets of eight to emphasize the team relationship between the board and superintendent
  • Trustees receive one hour of tier-three Board Member training credit for reading the Manual

 

Note: Members may receive additional hours by receiving a board training. For more information please view our training pages or contact us.

Available Formats: Printed Manual
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$595.00
Personnel
2017-18 Contract Package
Full Version Details

Now, more than ever, it is important to ensure your contract forms preserve employer prerogatives while also meeting the commissioner's and courts' standards related to informing employees of the contractual obligations. Whether your district has been updating its contract forms annually or hasn't made a change in 20 years, NOW IS THE TIME to change your employment contract forms to protect the school district's limited financial resources and strengthen the district's position in contracting.This package includes two additional contracts, and all contracts have been updated to reflect the Every Student Succeeds Act language as well as to require employees to exhaust local remedies before filing suit on the contract.

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2014-15, you must order this version.  For information on the version your district has, please contact (800) 488-9045 or information@edlaw.com. 

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$350.00
Updated
2017-18 Contract Package UPDATE ONLY
Update to 2013-14 version or newer. Details

Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our firm's 2014-15 Contract Package version or newer.

Now, more than ever, it is important to ensure your contract forms preserve employer prerogatives while also meeting the commissioner's and courts' standards related to informing employees of the contractual obligations. Whether your district has been updating its contract forms annually or hasn't made a change in 20 years, NOW IS THE TIME to change your employment contract forms to protect the school district's limited financial resources and strengthen the district's position in contracting.This package includes two additional contracts, and all contracts have been updated to reflect the Every Student Succeeds Act language as well as to require employees to exhaust local remedies before filing suit on the contract. 

NOTE: If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is older than 2014-15, you must order the full version at a cost of $350.  For information on the version your district has, please contact (800) 488-9045 or information@edlaw.com.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$200.00
2017-18 Model Employee Handbook
Full Version Details

How many times have you or your employees turned to the district's Employee Handbook hoping to find guidance on a particular issue and found nothing, or insufficient text to address your situation? Unfortunately, this happens far too often, and strengthening the handbook for next year does little to help you in the interim. What you need is someone to anticipate the holes in your Handbook prior to publication. Our daily contact with hundreds of clients allows us to do just that. Our Model Employee Handbook was designed with one purpose in mind - to help you do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from employees.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Employee Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for employees to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Appendix of commonly used forms
  • Sections on importance of regular, on-time attendance, vacation, appropriate use of conference periods,staff development, outside employment, rules for district credit cards, necessity of following district curriculum grading guidelines, using films/movies in class
  • Includes specific information to employees about inappropriate social relationships with students.
  • Up-to-date with 2017 legislative changes.

NoteAny updates from the special session will be sent to purchasers at the conclusion this summer.

The CD-ROM is available for $100 to districts that have purchased our 2015-16 version or newer.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$250.00
Updated
2017-18 Model Employee Handbook UPDATE ONLY
Update to 2015-16 version or newer. Details

How many times have you or your employees turned to the district's Employee Handbook hoping to find guidance on a particular issue and found nothing, or insufficient text to address your situation? Unfortunately, this happens far too often, and strengthening the handbook for next year does little to help you in the interim. What you need is someone toanticipatethe holes in your Handbook prior to publication. Our daily contact with hundreds of clients allows us to do just that. Our Model Employee Handbook was designed with one purpose in mind - to help you do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from employees.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Employee Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for employees to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Appendix of commonly used forms
  • Sections on importance of regular, on-time attendance, vacation, appropriate use of conference periods,staff development, outside employment, rules for district credit cards, necessity of following district curriculum grading guidelines, using films/movies in class
  • Includes specific information to employees about inappropriate social relationships with students.
  • Up-to-date with 2017 legislative changes.

NoteAny updates from the special session will be sent to purchasers at the conclusion this summer.

The CD-ROM is available for $100 to districts that have purchased our 2015-16 version or newer.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$100.00
Updated
Conducting Effective Investigations Manual
Provides form documents and scripts Details

School administrators often are required to "look into" or "investigate" allegations of wrong-doing by students and employees. The Investigations Manual will help you understand why it is important to conduct an investigation in a particular way, as well as provide you form documents and scripts to facilitate recordkeeping and information gathering related to the allegations.

Unique to this product is a series of flow charts that guide you through each phase of an investigation so that critical steps or details that might haunt you later don't get overlooked.
Available Formats: CD-ROM,Printed Manual
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$300.00
Updated
Harassment and Discrimination
Stand alone DVD - Train your entire staff with just one click Details

The first stand alone harassment training specifically made for school districts is now available. This 20-minute DVD provides all the legal points your staff must know in one sitting. Place the files on your district's server and allow staff to access the lesson individually or play the DVD in a group setting. The options are endless.

Court decisions tie employee and district liability directly to whether or not the district has acted reasonably in response to known acts of harassment. A great way to demonstrate "reasonable care" is by showing that you have held trainings. That is why we created complete harassment training packages, specially designed for school district administrators, so district can select the method of delivery that best fits their needs.

The cost of the Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD is $500. Licenses are available for two year terms.

Available Formats: DVD
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$500.00
Harassment and Discrimination - Scenarios and Commentary
DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD. Details

Scenarios and Commentary may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

To compliment our Harassment and Discrimination DVD, the public-school-specific scenarios on this DVD show realistic school situations to provide your staff with greater understanding. Multiple variations of student on student, staff on student and staff on staff situations are presented. Attorney commentaries explain the legal ramifications and offer guidance on what to do when your employees find themselves in these circumstances.

The cost of the Scenarios and Commentary DVD is $250. 

DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

Available Formats: DVD
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$250.00
Harassment Prevention and Response: Trainer's Manual
You train your staff - includes manual and interactive DVD Details

Court decisions tie employee and district liability directly to whether or not the district has acted reasonably in response to known acts of harassment. A great way to demonstrate "reasonable care" is by showing that you have held trainings, conducted thorough investigations, and promulgated an anti-harassment policy. That is why we created a complete sexual harassment training package, specially designed for school district administrators featuring:

  • Step-by-step assistance on conducting a one-hour training session for all employees
  • Latest information on student to student sexual harassment
  • 13 minute DVD, accompanying trainer's manual, and PowerPoint presentation
  • Answers to frequently asked questions, tips on conducting investigations and documenting allegations, and policy recommendations
  • Pointers on how to use the materials and how to keep the materials up to date for use in subsequent years 
Available Formats: DVD,Printed Manual
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$350.00
Harassment Workbook for Substitute Teachers, Mid-Year Hires and Volunteers
Set of 25 workbooks Details

To protect your liability, every person that comes into contact with your staff, students, and the public should know what sexual harassment is and the reporting obligations, policies, and procedures to follow when an incident occurs. This workbook is not designed to take the place of annual preventing sexual harassment trainings for school district personnel. It is, however, a stand alone training for employees and volunteers that have slipped through the cracks and for whatever reason have not been through your local in-service program, such as mid-year hired, part-time employees, substitute teachers and volunteers. At last, an inexpensive 11 page workbook with a self-test that you can give to every person, taking no more than 15 minutes to complete and saving administrators countless hours in training and retraining. Special features include:

  • Easy to read and understand for all staff and volunteers
  • Real examples of unwelcome behavior help drive home the point
  • Sections on how to prevent an accusation, protect students, and reporting obligations
  • Questions to answer throughout the exercise
  • A final questionnaire that must be completed and returned to the campus principal
  • A tear-out acknowledgment form for your files 
Available Formats: Printed Handbook
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$125.00
Special Education
Custody Chart - Special Education
Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .pdf format.
$75.00
Student Issues
2017-18 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook
Full Version Details

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws

NOTE: Any updates from the special session will be sent to purchasers at the conclusion this summer.

If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is the 2014-15 version or older, the cost will be $350 for a full version.

If your district has the 2015-16 version or newer, the update is reduced. Order your updated version by selecting – 2017-18 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook UPDATE

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$350.00
Updated
2017-18 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook UPDATE ONLY
Update version for districts with our 2015-16 model or newer. Details

Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our firm's 2015-16 version or newer.

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws

NOTE: Any updates from the special session will be sent to purchasers at the conclusion this summer.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$200.00
Updated
Conducting Effective Investigations Manual
Provides form documents and scripts Details

School administrators often are required to "look into" or "investigate" allegations of wrong-doing by students and employees. The Investigations Manual will help you understand why it is important to conduct an investigation in a particular way, as well as provide you form documents and scripts to facilitate recordkeeping and information gathering related to the allegations.

Unique to this product is a series of flow charts that guide you through each phase of an investigation so that critical steps or details that might haunt you later don't get overlooked.
Available Formats: CD-ROM,Printed Handbook
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$300.00
Custody Chart - General Education
Details

Often times school personnel are placed in the middle of disagreements between divorced parents about their child's education. Other times, children live with relatives or other non-parent adults who claim to "have custody" or be the "guardian." We have translated the complicated Texas Family Code into a laminated easy-to-use chart to assist administrators and teachers in determining who has the right to make decisions regarding a child's education. For example, you will be able to determine if a divorced parent, stepparent, or other family member is entitled to:

  • Enroll or withdraw a student from school
  • Request that the student be tested for special education services
  • Give permission for field trips
  • Attend school meetings
  • Receive official school notices
  • Have access to educational records
  • Consult with school officials
  • Assert the parental rights enumerated in Chapter 26 of the Tex. Educ. Code
  • Prohibit other parents, stepparents, or family members from being involved in a child's education 
Available Formats: PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .pdf format.
$75.00
Custody Chart - Special Education
Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .pdf format.
$75.00
Harassment and Discrimination - Scenarios and Commentary
DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD. Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

Available Formats: DVD
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$250.00
Model Cheerleader & Drill Team Constitution
$30.00
Forms
Admissions/Enrollment/Attendance
Admission Application Questions
$30.00
Compulsory Attendance Warning Letter
$30.00
Food Allergy Disclosure
Details
Our Food Allergy Disclosure Form complies with all the requirements of House Bill 472. Texas school districts are required to provide a food allergy disclosure form to all students upon their enrollment, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. This form should be placed with each student's educational record.
Available Formats: MS Word Document,PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .docx format.
$30.00
Food Allergy Disclosure - Spanish Version
Spanish Version Details
Our Food Allergy Disclosure Form complies with all the requirements of House Bill 472. Texas school districts are required to provide a food allergy disclosure form to all students upon their enrollment, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. This form should be placed with each student's educational record.
Available Formats: MS Word Document,PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .docx format.
$30.00
Grandparent Affidavit of After-School Care
$30.00
Grandparent Affidavit of Residency
$30.00
Residency Investigation Letter
$30.00
Residency Power of Attorney
$30.00
Complaints
Board Grievance Tips
$30.00
Employee Complaint Form
$30.00
Letter Dismissing Untimely Complaint
$30.00
Level I Employee Complaint Guidelines
$30.00
Level II Employee Complaint Script
$30.00
Level II Parent Complaint Script
$30.00
Parent/Student Complaint Form
$30.00
Public Complaint Form
$30.00
Discipline
DAEP Conference Checklist
$30.00
DAEP Removal Order
$30.00
Discipline Appeal to Superintendent Script
$30.00
Expulsion Hearing Checklist
$30.00
Expulsion Package for Criminal History
37.0081 Details
This package includes the following forms to be used when dealing with students that have a criminal history: Expulsion Hearing Guide 37.0081, Expulsion Hearing Notice 37.0081, and Expulsion Order 37.0081.
Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$90.00
Updated
Expulsion Package for Serious Offenses
37.007 Details
This package includes the following forms to be used when dealing with students that have committed serious offenses: Expulsion Hearing Guide 37.007, Expulsion Hearing Notice 37.007, and Expulsion Order 37.007.
Available Formats: MS Word Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$90.00
Updated
Expulsion Preparation
$30.00
Parent - Board Discipline Appeal
$30.00
Penal Code Title V Offenses
$30.00
Student Topics
Acceptable Use Policy
Three part package for district network and internet resource use Details
Three part package: 1) Parent Information and Authorization; District Network and Internet Resources 2) Student User Agreement - District Network and Internet Resources 3) Employee User Agreement - District Network and Internet Resources
Available Formats: MS Word Document,PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$60.00
Agreement for Technology Use
$30.00
Behavioral Intervention
$30.00
Bullying Investigation Report
$60.00
Chaperone Agreement
$30.00
General Transportation, Activity, Medical Consent Form
$30.00
Serious Misconduct
$30.00
Student Trip Agreement
$30.00
Governance/Personnel
Public Comment Announcement
$30.00
Public Comment Information Sheet
$30.00
Resolution Authorizing the Taxation of Goods-in-Transit
Details
Section 11.253 of the Texas Tax Code, which allows local governments to tax otherwise exempt personal property referred to as “goods-in-transit” has been amended. All school districts that wish to impose ad valorem taxes on goods-in-transit after 2011, including those districts that currently impose such tax, must meet the requirements of amended Section 11.253. This is our model resolution that should be adopted by your board of trustees.
Available Formats: MS Word Document,PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .doc format.
$30.00
Sexual Harassment Investigation Guide
$30.00
Sexual Harassment Investigation Questions
$30.00
Student Expression Policy
Policy to implement HB 3678 - Religious Viewpoints Antidiscimination Act
$60.00
Update 93 Alternative Policies
Local policies at FFH, Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, and FFI, Freedom from Bullying Details
Before adopting new Localized Update 93 policies to address students and claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and bullying, you might want to consider an alternative. This packet has local policies at FFH, Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, and FFI, Freedom from Bullying that differ somewhat from those disseminated by TASB Legal and Policy Services with Localized Update 93.
Available Formats: PDF Document
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$30.00
Records
FERPA Acknowledgement
$30.00
Request for Parent Consent to Disclose Records
$30.00
On-Demand Webcasts
Administration
Beat OCR to the Punch: Web Page Regulations and Enforcement
Get up to speed on what OCR is looking for, and how to fix it in the fastest way possible to avoid an OCR enforcement action. Details

The OCR is on an enforcement crusade to make school district web pages accessible to those with disabilities.  Several Texas districts have already been targeted.  Spend a few minutes getting up to speed on what OCR is looking for, and how to fix it in the fastest way possible to avoid an OCR enforcement action.

Available Formats:
Download Info: This item is available for download in .mp4 format.
$75.00
Investigating Claims of Sexual Misconduct under OCR's New Guidance
Understand your District's Increased Responsibilities in Title IX Investigations Details

In September 2017, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct that increases the responsibilities that schools have for addressing and investigating sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.  From issuing guidance on responding to unreported incidents of misconduct to describing expectations for implementing grievance procedures, conducting “equitable”  investigations in a “timely manner,” and  notifying parties of the outcome, OCR has bestowed additional layers of obligations on public schools.   

It is vital that school districts both understand these new procedural and operational expectations,  and are able to separate their legal duties under Title IX from OCR’s suggestions on best practices. This two-part webinar will allow participants to confidently answer questions concerning whether their school district should revise policies and procedures concerning sexual misconduct, and provide a roadmap to doing so that can help districts diminish potential liability and protect resources. Each part is 1.5 hours.

November 1 - Part 1: Title IX and OCR’s Expectations for Addressing Claims of Sexual Misconduct

  • Introduction to Title IX sexual harassment and assault claims
  • Duty to identify claims of sexual misconduct
  • Policies and procedures for addressing claims
  • OCR’s expectations for conducting investigations

November 8 - Part 2: Investigating Title IX Sexual Harassment and Assault Claims

  • Title IX coordinators and their role
  • Interviewing witnesses and gathering documentary evidence
  • Confidentiality
  • Developing a report
  • Reporting results and issuing discipline

Webcast presented by Abraham Barker

 

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Legal Issues for New Technology Applications Webcast
Whether it's Facebook or Twitter, Google Docs or Evernote, new technology applications have legal and operational effects on schools. Details

Whether it's Facebook or Twitter, Google Docs or Evernote, new technology applications have legal and operational effects on schools. The impact of new technologies and apps are especially important for one-to-one and BYOD schools.

Cloud computing applications pose additional legal complications. We have been asked to offer training sessions to help districts identify the issues in these sorts of new technological applications, and to determine the proper oversight when contemplating a new technology, so take advantage of this easy way to get the answers you are looking for.

Topics Covered:

  • COPPA and CIPA issues
  • Copyright issues
  • Contract issues
  • Potential consequences for failure to monitor

 

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Construction
10 Things to Know Before You Build
You will learn about bond publicity, seeking architects and taking the steps that will allow you to hit the ground running once you pass your bond. Details

In this webcast you will learn about bond publicity, seeking architects and taking the steps that will allow you to hit the ground running once you pass your bond. Remember - in construction, time really is money.

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$150.00
Listen Up Contractor! I've Got Something to Say
Learn 5 things you can do when your project starts to head south. Details

Learn 5 things you can do when your project starts to head south.

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What Can I Expect From My Architect?
Learn what your architect can and should do for you. From pre-bond planning through final payment, the possibilities may surprise you. Details

Learn what your architect can and should do for you. From pre-bond planning through final payment, the possibilities may surprise you.

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$150.00
What Can I Expect From My Contractor?
Learn about the role of the contractor in the Construction Manager at Risk, Construction Manager-Agent and General Contractor methods of delivery. Details

Learn about the role of the contractor in the Construction Manager at Risk, Construction Manager-Agent and General Contractor methods of delivery.

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$150.00
Especially for Educators
Copyright Basics
This is a foundation session for those who know little or nothing about copyright and how it affects schools. Details

This foundation session is for those who know little or nothing about copyright and how it affects schools. Our presenter, Dr. Carol Simpson, will help you learn about the rights of a copyright holder, who owns copyrights, how you might get in trouble using copyrighted material, and gain a basic understanding of fair use. Even if you already know a little about copyright this session will refresh your understanding and bring you up to speed on new laws and interpretations.

This is a recorded webcast.

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Copyright for Career Education
In this session we highlight spotting what is protected by copyright and what cannot be protected and is therefore free to use. You should have a foundation understanding of copyright to get the most from this session. Details

Applying the traditional school fair use rules is sometimes difficult in technology and career education curriculum. These areas have a unique set of materials and students and copyright concerns about reproduction, adaptation, and performance of the works of others. In this session our presenter, Dr. Carol Simpson, will highlight spotting what is protected by copyright and what cannot be protected and is therefore free to use. You should have a foundation understanding of copyright to get the most from this session.

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Copyright for Core Curriculum
The core curriculum classes share a set of copyright concerns. We explain these copyright issues. Details

The core curriculum classes (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, or Foreign Language) share a set of copyright concerns regarding reproduction and performance of materials, protecting materials purchased with school funds, adapting materials for mainstreamed students, and generally making an enticing learning environment. Our presenter, Dr. Carol Simpson, explains these copyright issues. You should have a foundation understanding of copyright to get the most from this session.

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Copyright for Fine Arts
Our presenter explores the guidelines and regulations that affect those areas differently from standard classroom uses. Details

Your band, orchestra, choir, theatre arts group, visual artists, or any group that performs plays or musicals must heed special copyright rules. Our presenter, Dr. Carol Simpson, explores the guidelines and regulations that affect those areas differently from standard classroom uses. From public performance to background music to school dances, copyright issues are waiting to bedevil you. You should have a foundation understanding of copyright to get the most from this session.

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Managing Copyright in Your Building
Do you know just enough about copyright to get yourself and your building into trouble? This could be the session for you. Details

Do you know just enough about copyright to get yourself and your building into trouble? This could be the session for you. If you are a school leader, our presenter, Dr. Carol Simpson, will show you how to manage the copyrighted materials in your building in a way that maximizes their value to the educational program and still keeps you within the limits of the law. It's a bonus if you can maintain the friendship and respect of your colleagues. You should have a foundation understanding of copyright to get the most from this session.

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Governance
A Board Member's Role in School Construction Webcast
This session will introduce board members to their responsibilities in procuring and monitoring construction services. Details

This session will introduce board members to their responsibilities in procuring and monitoring construction services. We will cover the basic steps a district must follow to properly procure construction and discuss the fundamentals of preventive construction law – administration through documentation. 

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Board Meetings: A Crash Course for Newly Elected Board Members
This introductory webinar will provide you with the information you need to pull off flawless meetings. Details

Every new School Board wants to hit the ground running and look like pros at their first board meeting. This introductory webinar will provide you with the information you need to pull off flawless meetings.

Attendees receive one hour of Tier 3 credit. 

Topics Covered:

  • Agenda Writing
  • Motions and Consent Agendas
  • Open v Closed Sessions
  • Cancellations, Special and Emergency Meetings
  • Open Forum

This webcast is presented by Matthew Coleman.

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Conflicts Disclosures
Learn about the new requirements in this 30-minute webcast, which may cover multiple District employees that were previously not covered. Details

Effective September 1, 2015, the law related to conflicts disclosures in purchasing was substantially expanded.  

Learn about the new requirements in this 30-minute webcast, which may cover multiple District employees that were previously not covered.

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$75.00
On the Front Lines: Legal Issues Confronting Superintendent Secretaries
Our webinar series is packed with information vital to the unique responsibilities of the increasingly demanding position. Details

Designed especially for Superintendent Secretaries who need to be in the office, our webinar series is packed with information vital to the unique responsibilities of the increasingly demanding position.

Part 1: The Open Meetings Act,  Board Meetings and Trustee Demands, and District Liability

Part 2: The Public Information Act, Student Records and FERPA, and Record Retention Practices

Webcast is presented by Heather R. Rutland.

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$200.00
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PIA Essentials: Bids, Bidding, and Bidders
Learn when and why you can sometimes keep documents confidential to protect your bargaining position, and what you’ll need to do when the bitter bidder requests any and all documents relating to the better bids. Details

You can bet that bidders will bristle when they’ve been out-bid, but thanks to the Public Information Act, their bark is worse than their bite. Buy yourself some peace of mind with this 30-minute essentials training, which will cover the basics of PIA requests for bidding documents. Learn when and why you can sometimes keep documents confidential to protect your bargaining position, and what you’ll need to do when the bitter bidder requests any and all documents relating to the better bids.

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$75.00
PIA Essentials: Election Documents
Your ballot applications, campaign finance reports, voter records and other election documents have loads of confidential information, and during this webcast you’ll learn about the PIA and Election Code requirements you need to know when dealing with requests for those documents. Details

The May elections are coming soon, and requests for election documents under the Public Information Act are coming even sooner. Elect to keep yourself up-to date with this 30-minute essentials training! Your ballot applications, campaign finance reports, voter records and other election documents have loads of confidential information, and during this webcast you’ll learn about the PIA and Election Code requirements you need to know when dealing with requests for those documents.

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$75.00
PIA Essentials: Third-Party Privacy & Notifications
Learn how and when you need to notify third parties, why you might want to keep their information confidential, and how to navigate a PIA request involving confidential third-party information. Details

Two’s company and three’s a crowd, especially under the Public Information Act. Everything gets more complicated when a third party’s information has been requested under the PIA, but this 30-minute essentials training will teach you how to deal with that unwanted third wheel. Learn how and when you need to notify third parties, why you might want to keep their information confidential, and how to navigate a PIA request involving confidential third-party information.

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$75.00
Personnel
I-9 Documentation and Visas for Schools
This webinar will refresh you regarding what needs to be documented and how to self-audit and correct errors. Details

This is the hiring time of year. With all your new employees, do you have your ducks in a row regarding the required Form I-9 and work authorization? I-9 audits are on the rise, and financial penalties for improper documentation can be significant. And if a pattern of violation is uncovered, criminal penalties are possible. This webinar will refresh you regarding what needs to be documented and how to self-audit and correct errors.

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$150.00
Legal Issues for Bus Drivers
Arm your employees who enjoy the least immunity - your bus drivers. Details

Your district's bus drivers confront potential legal problems every day. They face student discipline scenarios, special education requirements, and liability issues every time they pull away from the curb. Of course, as District employees, there are also concerns regarding workplace harassment. Arm your employees who enjoy the least immunity with legal information that can save the district from enormous potential litigation exposure.

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$400.00
The Essential Toolkit for Handling School Employee Illnesses, Injuries, and Leaves
This series is a great opportunity for everyone to get up to speed in an accessible and affordable format. Details

Implementing your district’s policies and programs related to employee illnesses, injuries, and leaves has always been challenging. The laws that impact these programs are constantly evolving, and the employees who work in this area often change too.

This series is a great opportunity for everyone to get up to speed in an accessible and affordable format. Each session covers a specific topic, but they are designed to be taken as a series. 

All sessions are presented by Jennifer A. Powell, one of the firm’s shareholders who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Webcast Series Descriptions

What’s in Your Toolbox, Part 1: Overview of the FMLA and ADA, Including Recent Developments

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1992 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, are the key federal laws impacting this area. The two laws have been interpreted extensively by the courts, as well as the Department of Labor and EEOC. It is important to be up to date on the requirements of these laws. In this session we cover the basics, as well as some of the nuances and recent developments related to these laws.

What’s in Your Toolbox, Part 2: Overview of the Other Federal and State Laws that Impact Employee Illnesses, Injuries, and Leave

As if the FMLA and ADA were not enough, employers also have to worry about the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), as well as provisions in the Texas Education Code and Texas Labor Code, all of which have been interpreted by the courts. In this session we cover these laws and how they interact with the FMLA and ADA.

Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty: Processing Requests for Leave and Monitoring Employee Absences

With a solid understanding of the legal requirements, in this session we will walk through practical scenarios of dealing with employees who are unable to work. Steps taken here can impact the district’s rights with respect to these employees later, so you want to make sure leaves are handled properly from the outset.

Cleaning Up: Returning Employees and Handling Employees Who Cannot Return or Who Need Accommodations

All leaves of absence will come to an end. Some of those employees will be able to return to work without restrictions. Other employees will need accommodations to return. Some employees will not be able to return at all. And some employees will not ever actually need leave to deal with their illnesses or injuries, but will also need accommodations. In this session, we address how to handle all of these scenarios in a way that reduces district liability.

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Understanding the New DOL Overtime Rule
The final DOL Overtime Rule is out and will become effective December 1, 2016. Details

The final DOL Overtime Rule is out! The Rule will become effective December 1, 2016, but because of the budgetary implications, the time to plan for implementation is now. In this webinar, we explain the new Rule, how it affects school districts, and steps to take to implement the Rule.

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$150.00