Litigation on allegations involving inappropriate or ineffective responses by school staff to bullying and harassment continues to increase across the country. Litigation is consuming and diverting precious financial and human resources away from the classroom and often severely impacts morale and the organization’s image. In this interactive session, we will examine ten strategies for reducing the chance of litigation through training and working collaboratively with all in a school community. Since not all litigation can be stopped, these same ten strategies, when fully implemented, will increase the chance of a favorable court ruling should parents and/or students turn to the courts when dissatisfied with the school’s efforts.
Intended Audience: District and school administrators, risk managers, Human Resource directors, and anyone involved in the development of policies, procedures, and prevention strategies related to bullying and harassment.
- How to work with parents collaboratively on reducing bullying behaviors rather than unintentionally creating an adversarial environment.
- Training all front line staff regardless of role in supporting school and community efforts in reducing bullying behavior and subsequently the change for litigation.
- How to promote the school and district’s efforts in reducing bullying and harassment behaviors and avoiding the perception that the organization or staff are acting deliberatively indifferent.