Do I need to fingerprint and background contractors and volunteers who work in schools?

There is always a controversy around fingerprinting employees and volunteers that work in schools.  Let’s face it, you need to do it.    California Education Code governs the fingerprinting of those who work and volunteer in schools.  AB 1025 of 2009/2010 solidified the issue of fingerprinting by requiring it for certain volunteers, but still missed a Read more about Do I need to fingerprint and background contractors and volunteers who work in schools?[…]

Do we have to let the Red Cross use our schools for shelters?

California Health & Safety Code previously required that school districts allow the use of their facilities to the Red Cross in the event of a disaster, but this section of code was removed, so it is no longer a requirement.  To see an old printed version of the text of the law, look in the Read more about Do we have to let the Red Cross use our schools for shelters?[…]

Can we break up fights off school grounds?

We typically hear that school principals or vice principals want to send their security guards and teachers off campus property to the local convenience store to break up a fight between two or more students.  We also typically hear that in California, teachers and staff have a duty under the principle of  “loco parentis” to Read more about Can we break up fights off school grounds?[…]