David T. Stowell – Representative List of Private School Matters

  • Advice regarding student and employee issues and rights
  • Advice on addressing bullying and cyber bullying issues
  • Advice on and drafting of social media policies
  • Advice on dealing with negative blogs
  • Advice on implementing proper policies and procedures for volunteers
  • Advice and application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to private school activities, including student records
  • Private school tort liability and defense of related civil actions
  • Negligent hiring, supervision and retention
  • Employment law issues- terminations, hiring, pay, leave, benefits, investigation of alleged wrongdoing, etc.
  • Child Abuse Reporting Act requirements, investigations and civil actions related thereto
  • Crisis management
  • Student searches and drug testing
  • Employee searches and drug testing
  • Federal and California anti-discrimination laws, including Title VI, Title VII and Title IX, Age Discrimination in Employment, Equal Pay Act, ADA, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act
  • Governmental regulation of private school activities
  • Development and annual updates of employee policies and handbooks
  • Analysis of student policies and handbooks for legal compliance
  • Counsel and advice regarding institutional policies and material for compliance with nonprofit status requirements and applicable state and federal law
  • Employment and consulting contracts
  • Facility use agreements
  • Online school agreements
  • Lease agreements
  • Maintenance service agreements
  • Student disciplinary proceedings by private schools and defense of civil actions related thereto
  • Liability releases and waivers-school activities, field trips, athletic events
  • Application of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to private schools
  • Technology agreements
  • Advice to governing boards regarding responsibility and liability
  • Insurance coverage issues and risk management
  • California and federal law requirements related to medical forms and access to medical information
  • Application forms and procedures
  • Electronic execution of applicable school forms online
  • AIA construction contracts for building projects on campus
  • Hold harmless agreements
  • Day to day operational issues