1:00 Welcome and Introductions
1:05 So, We're Online Now: COVID-19 and Technology in the Education Space
Jerry D. Blakemore, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro
Tara N. Cho, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
Christine T. Scheef, North Carolina School Boards Association, Raleigh
After the onset of COVID-19, technology played an integral role in providing education and services, as well as employment in the school setting. The virtual space was ground zero for the intersection of several legal issues: privacy, data security, free speech and expression, and even activism. Speakers talk through some of the thorny issues that arose in both the student and employee spaces and how they were addressed when it came to the delivery of instruction, provision of services to students and teleworking.
2:15 Serving the Whole Child in the Midst of a Pandemic: The Role of Student Services and Other Educators
Patricia R. Robinson, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh
Mari Ross-Alexander, North Carolina Central University, Durham
Sarah M. Saint, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of student support professionals and meeting the needs of the whole student at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Hear insights from attorneys and practitioners regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted student service providers and students — including legal issues associated with telehealth and access during periods of distance learning, changes to legislation that impacts student mental health services, student engagement, English-language learners, and the role of educational professionals to address the impact of stressors on student performance and outcomes.
3:25 Personnel and the Pandemic: The Future of Work
Beth Tyner Jones, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
April Kuhn, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer
COVID-19 has uprooted virtually every aspect of the pre-pandemic workforce, and the employment outlook for the education sector has not been spared. How much of the "new normal" — teleworking, physical distancing, health screenings, vaccine requirements — will impact the future of work? Education law practitioners who specialize in employment and human resources discuss common issues with workplace accommodations during the pandemic, best practices for navigating difficult scenarios, and insights on how future employment trends may impact educational institutions.
4:25 Virtual Social