1. July 27, 2015

    California Legislature Eliminates Personal Belief Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations for Students (SB 277)

    BY: Carolyn L. Gemma, Scot Yarnell

    Current law requires that school age children receive vaccines for certain infectious diseases before admission to a public or private school or day care, unless an exemption applies. “Day care” includes child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home or development center.  In certain circumstances, students may be conditionally admitted, after which […] more

  2. July 10, 2015

    Summer Jobs for Students Require Work Permits Issued by the School District

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Todd Goluba

    Summer is here, meaning some of your students will be taking on summer jobs. Although school may not be in session, all minors under 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances) must still have a permit to work. (Educ. Code § 49160, Labor Code § 1299.) Work permits are issued for employment at a […] more

  3. July 7, 2015

    Drones: Coming to a School Near You

    BY: Bryan Martin, Todd Goluba

    Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! No…it’s an unmanned aerial device!  No longer the stuff of science fiction, we hear nearly every day about new stories in the media involving unmanned aerial devices – aka drones: La Guardia-Bound Jet Has Close Call with Drone (May 29, 2015, NBCNEWYORK.com) Dallas Cowboys […] more

  4. June 9, 2015

    Gearing up for Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training under AB 1432

    BY: Gilbert Castro, Cathie Fields, Amy Estrada

    As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, many school districts are planning their training and professional development calendars for 2015-2016. One new requirement is mandatory Child Abuse Reporting and Detection training. Assembly Bill 1432 became law on January 1, 2015 and requires all local educational agencies — school districts, county offices of education, […] more

  5. June 5, 2015

    EEOC Goes Digital

    BY: Cathie Fields, Jabari Willis

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 6 a pilot program to digitally transmit documents related to employment discrimination charges. The program, called ACT Digital, will roll out in 11 of EEOC’s 53 offices by the end of this month. Only one of the pilot program locations, EEOC’s San Francisco office, is in […] more

  6. June 3, 2015

    School Districts Must Pursue Specific Measures When Transitioning Students of Active Duty Military

    BY: Kevin Fannan, Cathie Fields

    California is home to over 150,000 active duty military personnel in more than 30 military bases from all branches of the armed forces. In some regions, such as San Diego, entire neighborhoods and local school boundary areas consist primarily of military families. Research indicates military families transfer duty stations, on average, once every three years, […] more

  7. May 29, 2015

    Website Accessibility Under the ADA

    BY: Jacquelyn Takeda, Cathie Fields

    Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, at a time when the Internet had a relatively minor impact on the daily lives of Americans. Today, the Internet plays a critical role in personal, civic, educational, commercial, and professional life. Public agencies increasingly rely on the Internet as an efficient and comprehensive method of […] more

  8. May 26, 2015

    What It Really Means To Be a “Frivolous Claim” for Purposes of Fee-Shifting

    BY: Joanne Kim, Karen Gilyard

    A case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, C.W. v. Capistrano Unified School District, was decided on March 2, 2015 and involved the review of a district court’s award of attorney’s fees to a California school district upon a finding that the claims therein were frivolous, unreasonable, and without foundation. The IDEA provides […] more

  9. May 21, 2015

    BACK TO BASICS: What’s In A Name?

    BY: Scot Yarnell

    I am often surprised that many educators are not familiar with the significance of their school district’s name.  School district names are often shortened due to convenience, or lack of awareness, even in formal communications.  While brevity for convenience is appropriate in some circumstances, we think it is also important to recognize that school district […] more

  10. May 7, 2015

    Understanding the Updated FCC E-Rate Program Requirements

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (known as the “E-rate program”) is the government’s largest educational technology program and is implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The E-rate program helps eligible schools obtain affordable broadband (internet connection). In July and December 2014, the FCC adopted E-rate Modernization Orders. Based on data gathered […] more