Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Website Accessibility: What You Should Know
Rebecca Reif, Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
Is your school district's website “accessible” for persons with disabilities? Does your district know how to handle a complaint? In the last year, access to websites and other electronic content has emerged as the “new frontier” of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Hundreds of school districts nationwide are negotiating with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) over complaints, and individuals are filing lawsuits. This presentation will explain the concept of “web accessibility,” the governing laws,and what steps to take before and during an OCR investigation or lawsuit.
School District Stories on Collective Bargaining
Stan Rheingans, Superintendent and Phil Kramer, HR Director, Dubuque Schools; Justin Wagner, Superintendent, Harlan Schools
Prevention of Child Sex Abuse: What School Leaders Should Know
Liz Cox, Board Member, West Des Moines Schools
House File 291 presented Iowa school districts with a tough choice: settle before the bill was signed to maintain the status quo or settle after and enter a new era of bargaining. Hear the experiences of two districts that settled after House File 291 was signed.
Drafting and Utilizing Your Employee Handbook
Kim Lingenfelter, Superintendent, Cherokee Schools
What changes are districts making to their employee handbook in response to the collective bargaining changes? What considerations should your district think about when making updates and changes? In this session, attendees will learn about one district's employee handbook, how it was developed and how it is being utilized.
This presentation goes beyond mandatory reporting to address ways to prevent harm to children. The dialogue sets the tone for a frank conversation about a topic that can be incredibly difficult to talk about, yet if not discussed can put students and schools in jeopardy. This presentation provides concrete actions school leaders can take to reduce risks of sexual abuse incidents in schools.