2014 RFR Fall School Law Update and Golf Tournament

October 8, 2014

RFR is hosting its 19th annual Fall School Law Update and Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the WhiteHawk Golf Club in Bixby, Oklahoma.  The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with a two hour seminar providing an update on school law related issues and relevant topics designed to provide school administrators new insight and direction.  

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Session
Topic:   School District Relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies
Speaker:  Matt Cyran, Shareholder RFR 

This session will address the relationships between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and public school districts.  Topics will include explanations of the various law enforcement agencies districts are likely to have contact with, how those agencies are organized and how they function.  We will discuss strategies for successful dealings with law enforcement when there are sometimes competing interests of both public safety and student privacy.  Other discussions will include recent issues some districts have dealt with regarding search warrants and state privacy statutes.

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Session
Emerging Legal Issues for Administrators
Speaker:  Karen Long, Shareholder RFR 

•           Attorney in Fact:  A New Form of School Choice – Common and not so Common Questions

•           OSSAA Rule Changes and School Sports – Do they Effect Schools?

•           Emails, Texts –  Private or Public and Does it Matter?

This session will explore three different topics all involving new or developing areas that will challenge and maybe even confound administrators this year.  The topics include a discussion of HB 2536 and its provision for school admission based upon an “attorney in fact” affidavit, and the changing look of residency as related to school enrollment.  OSSAA experienced a difficult legislative session and in the end faced the necessity of adopting rule changes.  It is helpful for school administrators to understand the effect of the changes on schools.  It is no surprise that emails, texts and other forms of digital communication are here to stay but the surprise may well be that many exchanges are public records and even if not public records are records subject to being produced in litigation.  Understanding when digital communications become public records and possibly front page news and when they remain personal, private property is key to avoiding the pitfalls of living large in the digital age.

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