Attorneys guide RI school officials through potential liability concerns

PROVIDENCE (Feb. 16, 2011) – David Kane, Matt Plain and Tim Groves recently guided an audience of 65 Rhode Island school superintendents and business officials through a discussion of potential liability landmines in the school environment, including employees’ use of social media devices in the workplace.

Speaking in Providence at a joint professional development event of the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association (RISSA) and the Rhode Island Association of School Business Officials (RIASBO), the attorneys summarized the many federal and state laws and regulations impacting the rights of employees, as well as students and their families.

Plain and Groves used a hypothetical scenario involving a high school football game to engage the audience in detecting the many potential legal issues that lurk in every day situations at public schools, while Kane provided information promoting the need to consider school policies and procedures on social media sites and Internet use.

“There was a good give and take with the audience and sharing of insights,” said Kane. “It was a free flowing exchange of ideas and experiences that was very beneficial to everyone.”

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