Education Update - April 2011 - No. 2


In This Issue:

Oh, The Tangled Web: Avoiding Liability for Employees’ Off-Campus Activities With School Students By Suzanne Bogdan (Fort Lauderdale) and Melanie Zaharias (Orlando)

You’ve just received a phone call advising that one of the school’s employees is being sued for engaging in inappropriate activity with students attending the birthday party for the employee’s child. The parent tells you that he is also considering bringing a claim against the school. This type of situation is occurring with more frequency today. Unfortunately, many schools have not yet taken action to assess the potential school liability for an employee’s off-duty behavior....

Don’t Be Handicapped When Dealing With Student Disabilities By Dianna Bowen (Dallas)

You’ve just received a note from a parent of a new student, stating that your school must become “absolutely peanut-free,” as her son has a severe peanut allergy and will go into anaphylactic shock if he is even in the same room with a peanut! What do you do? This article will address the obligations of an independent school as it relates to students with disabilities by focusing on 10 essential questions to ask yourself when receiving such a note from a parent.

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