About Our Speaker(s)
Timothy E. Gilsbach

Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ., is an associate at King Spry and is member of the firm’s Education Group, concentrating his practice in the area of special education. Tim defends school districts, intermediate units and charter schools in all phases of special education litigation, from state level administrative hearings to federal court appeals. Tim also advised clients on a wide variety of other educational law issues, including FERPA and student records. Tim was previously associated with a regional law firm and focused his practice to litigation in a wide variety of civil matters. While in law school, Tim served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Wesley Oler, Jr., of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas. Tim is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and Messiah College.  Tim has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the area of school law for the last three years.

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Event Information
Product Format
Pre-recorded Webinar
Timothy E. Gilsbach
60 minutes
Event Description

FERPA Requirements and Limitations in the Use of Emails in Education

More and more people are using e-mail as a form of communication and as a means to document events when they occur, including in the education world. Such use of e-mail can be beneficial for educational entities, but also can cause lots of headaches from a legal liability perspective and from a public relations angle.  Lastly, most educational entities must comply with FERPA and take its requirements and limitations into consideration in the use of e-mail.

Join this session by expert speaker Timothy E. Gilsbach, Esq. and get an understanding of how to use e-mails effectively in the area of education and comply with FERPA requirements.

Session Highlights:

  • What is considered an educational record under FERPA?
  • Are e-mails considered educational records under FERPA?
  • When should e-mails be used to document educational issues and can be used to limit liability.
  • When should e-mails not be used to document educational issues or can create liability.
  • Other practical guidelines for the use of e-mail.
  • The potential pitfalls to using e-mail in the education context.
  • Litigation holds and the effect on e-mails for educational entities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Know when and when not to use e-mails in the education contexts
  • Learn how to use e-mails effectively in the area of education
  • Understand when e-mails are considered educational records subject to production to parents and students
  • Get practical guidance on the use of e-mail in the educational context

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Special Education
  • Directors of Student Services
  • Special Education Case Managers/Teachers
  • School Psychologists
  • Regular Education Teachers
  • Deans of Students and Faculty
  • Directors of Technology

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