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October07

Join the best minds in school law at our seminars

Join the best minds in school law at three locations across South Dakota this fall to get your legal questions answered.   ASBSD and COSA will host School Law Seminars featuring a 90-minute session on Tuesday night discussing student related issues and a full-day Wednesday session covering criminal background checks, the conflict of interest law, opt-outs,
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October05

Free flu shots, health screenings for health fund members

Flu season is fast approaching and sick days for staff can follow.   To combat the bug, the South Dakota School District Benefits Fund has scheduled FREE flu shot clinics at 63 unique locations across the state within SDSDBF member districts. The flu shot clinics are a FREE service for SDSDBF member districts and staff
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October04

Suicide prevention training provided by ASBSD and SafeSchools

October’s edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available to review.   Give the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter shares information on a new safety app, an upcoming safety webinar that will help you develop and expand your district’s safety message and figures on suicide rates among
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September23

Review ASBSD’s updated legislative positions before 2017 Delegate Assembly

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved amendments, additions and deletions to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions, which were recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions set the legislative direction of ASBSD and are set to be voted on by member
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September18

Download the 2017-18 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they
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September10

Required suicide prevention training available

SafeSchools Training provides a state approved Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, which becomes a certificate requirement effective on July 1, 2017.   The Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training requirement comes from the passage of 2016’s Senate Bill 129, which establishes certain suicide awareness and prevention training requirements for certain school employees.   South
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August15

Submit your district’s info for the 2017-18 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver
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August08

Policy Alert: Criminal Background Checks

Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, have the full force and effect of law, and legally bind the school district.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD recently updated our sample Criminal Background Check policy and exhibit and
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July18

ASBSD updating criminal background check sample policy

Recently, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation updated the criminal background check process, which is being required by the FBI.   ASBSD’s Executive Director Wade Pogany, Director of Policy & Legal Services Gerry Kaufman and Director of Communications Tyler Pickner met with DCI Identification Specialist Jami Oakland and DCI Identification Section Leader Angela Smith.
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July06

Register for the Premier Learning Event for Board Members and Administrators

South Dakota’s premier learning event for school board members and administrators is now open for registration.   Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions, as well as many different exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday
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