Student Bullying: Legal Considerations For K-12 Schools

Leading education employment attorney Richard Verstegen will explain the legal aspects of addressing student bullying issues. You will learn practical solutions to minimize any negative consequences arising from helping these students.

Topics Covered

  • What laws apply to bullying?
  • How should you investigate bullying complaints?
  • What role does the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) play?
  • How must you protect special needs students who are victims or perpetrators?
  • How can you avoid mistakes schools often make when addressing bullying?
  • What liability concerns do schools have related to bullying complaints?
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Are your students being bullied during the pandemic? Discover schools’ legal requirements related to bullying.

A surge in race-related violent acts against Asian-Americans has our country reeling and students fearful of school bullying. At the same time, other students are experiencing bullying issues in distance learning and as they return to classrooms. School officials often face challenges in addressing these concerns, including appropriately identifying bullying from harassment and other aggressive behavior.

When helping these students, you must avoid legal issues, including those triggered by investigating claims, communicating with others, or protecting students from further bullying. Whether taking place in-person or virtually, bullying can lead to liability for your school if you do not handle claims perfectly.

  • What laws apply to bullying?
  • How should you investigate bullying complaints?
  • What role does the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) play?
  • How must you protect special needs students who are victims or perpetrators?
  • How can you avoid mistakes schools often make when addressing bullying?
  • What liability concerns do schools have related to bullying complaints?
Recommended Audience
Who Should Attend?
  • Superintendents
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Disciplinary officers
  • Human resource directors
  • School administrators
  • Special education directors
  • Education non-profit groups
  • Family outreach coordinators
  • School mental health specialists
What's included
Training includes
  • 1.2 HRCI, 1.2 SHRM
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School