|Oct. 1, 2010 | www.fisherphillips.com|
The business of running a school is much more difficult today than it was ten years ago. Independent schools have been forced to recognize that they are part of the corporate world with all of the resulting legal liability. Parents and employees are quick to make demands to enforce their actual or perceived legal rights and the media loves the negative attention. So, while it is still early in the school year, this is the ideal time to understand the challenges so that you can assess the areas where your school, its board or administration, may be weak and take steps now to begin to shore up the school's position and defenses.
As the business of running a school becomes more time consuming and legalistic, many schools are assessing whether to consider going paperless by using electronic signatures in the application, enrollment, and other processes. To help schools understand the issues, this article summarizes the law in this area and some best practice guidelines.