Legal Question of the Week
Dear Legal Mailbag: We are wondering at my school about the logistics and legal requirements for housing completed DCF forms. Specifically, who should keep them (e.g., the person who reported; central office; the nurse or social worker); how long should they be kept; how are they stored (are they kept within a file for that particular child - or a central location); are they ever offered up as part of a child’s records and if so, how is it noted and record-keeping done to maintain privacy for a student and family; and if they are ever sent to another school if the child leaves?
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Registration for Security Symposium Closes Tomorrow
CAS, CAPSS, CABE, CASBO and CSDE are hosting an all-day security summit on January 7th. Join national experts in discussions on:
* best practices for securing school buildings;
* steps that should be taken at the local level related to school security;
* building design strategies for securing school buildings;
* legal and policy implications for implementing effective school security
Speakers include, among others: Major Ian A. Moffett, Miami Police Department (pictured); Robert Ducibella, DVS Security Consulting and Engineering; Gregory Smolley, JCJ Architecture; and Jon R. Akers, Kentucky Center for School Safety.
The "Big 6" Weigh in on Violence in Schools
In the wake of last month's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, six state organizations - CAS, CAPSS, CABE, ConnCAN, CCER and CBIA - issue an opinion piece on violence prevention and, specifically, the importance of bolstering mental health services in schools and communities.
CAS to Hold Annual Teacher Evaluation Series
CAS will be sponsoring its annual Teacher Evaluation Series with a bit of a different twist this year. With the advent of the System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED), this year's series will focus on that model as the evaluation process for exploration and discussion. This series will qualify participants to receive the 15 hours of staff supervision CEU credit mandated under state law for continued licensure.
Do You Have an Outstanding Science or Math Teacher?
Nominations are open for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Eligible teachers must have completed 5 years of K-12 teaching prior to this year and currently be teaching science (including computer science) or mathematics in Grades 7-12. For information on submitting a nomination, go to www.paemst.org.
Age 3 to Grade 3 Institute
The statewide 3 to 3 Leadership Consortium, in collaboraton with the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, is pleased to invite schools, districts and communities to participate in the 2013 Age 3 to Grade 3 Institute. The institute is designed to increase alignment within and across community and school district early childhood programs; improve effective instructional practice, instructional coherence, and meaningful learning in community and school district programs and grades, prek - 3rd grade; build capacity and sustainability by creating partnerships between the community and school district in order to develop common language and goals prek - 3rd grade; and assist in leveraging resources to build a continuum of high-quality early learning environments.
The Institute is comprised of a total of three (3) full-day sessions between February and June, 2013, interspersed with on-site facilitation and technical assistance. Six to eight communities will be selected to participate in the institute through a competitive application process.