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May04

Policy Alert: ESSA updates

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   Six ASBSD sample policies have been updated to
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April22

Policy Alert: Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   The ASBSD Policy Services staff and policy committee
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April21

Policy Alert: Two new policies added, two amended

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD’s Policy Services team recently approved two new
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October01

Join the best minds in school law at our final seminar of the fall

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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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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August07

Fourteen schools streamlining board policy process

Fourteen South Dakota school districts have simplified their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, De Smet, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield and Tripp-Delmont, are streamlining their policy books.   “The ASBSD Policy Service process allowed our
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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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July16

Submitting Board Minutes related to the COI Law

In May, ASBSD shared an updated Conflict of Interest Q and A designed to help school board members and administrators navigate House Bill 1170, which amended and clarified the complex conflict of interest law.   Click here to read the Conflict of Interest Q and A and click here to read our corresponding blog post.
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May18

Policy Alert: Updated Conflict of Interest sample policy

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 wrote a new sample policy: AH Conflict of Interest Disclosure and
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January20

Policy Alert: Board Meeting Participation, E-Rate

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 has amended sample policy BDDH: Public Participation at Board Meetings (Public/Open
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