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2018 Policy Workshop - Long Island
Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Show map
Holiday Inn Plainview
215 Sunnyside Blvd
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: (516) 349-1240

$165 Members*
$330 Nonmembers*

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Policies for Student Free Speech and Privacy

Today more than ever, school districts are faced with navigating the issues surrounding constitutionally protected student free speech and privacy.

Attend this workshop to:

  • Examine recent questions regarding the parameters of student expression, such as whether student athletes have a constitutionally protected right to kneel during the National Anthem, or whether students have a right to display the Confederate flag on their clothing or cars.
  • Find out what information students disclose to school counselors and staff (such as pregnancy or gender identity) that may – or must – be shared with parents and guardians. Learn how your district can develop and implement legally compliant policies in this area.

Tuesday March 27
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Plainview


Tuesday March 27

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:40 - 9:40 a.m. Where Do Student Free Speech Rights Begin and End? 
Long ago the Supreme Court decided that students enjoy a degree of First Amendment free-speech protection. In a sharply divided political climate, students continue to test the limits of their constitutional rights, such as whether they have the right to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. Hear about the current interpretation of the law and what constitutes the parameters of legally defensible policies in this area.
9:40 - 9:50 a.m. Break
9:50 - 10:50 a.m. Student Privacy Regarding What is Told to School Counselors and Staff
Open lines of communication between students and staff are a hallmark of a positive and caring school climate. This can lead students to divulge their most private thoughts and feelings. But at what point should parents be notified of information students have shared? Learn about what constitutes the parameters of student privacy rights and the legal obligations school officials have in this area.
10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Putting Knowledge into Practice
Roll up your sleeves and get to work! Now that you know the parameters governing student free speech and privacy rights, what are the contours of the policies your district should enact? Work in teams to practice writing and updating sample policies that are compliant with the law and which embody your individual district’s specific imprint.
12:30 p.m. Conclusion


Course fee includes resource materials, continental breakfast and a non-refundable $35 administrative fee. *Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline, which is one week prior to the event. No-shows will be billed at the full registration fee.

If you require special accommodations or special meals, please contact us.

Recognition Program:
All NYSSBA member school boards are eligible for recognition in this program. Credit will accrue for listed events and activities for individuals serving on a NYSSBA member board.
Board members will earn 10 points for attending the 2018 Policy Workshop.
Click here for more information.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education:
CTLE credit is available from NYSSBA for participation in this event.

Sponsored by NYSIR

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