Schools, both private and public, are beginning to adopt drug testing policies. After all, the theory goes, the chances of getting caught rise tremendously with such policy, thus acting as a deterrent for regular drug use. If your school decides to implement its own drug testing policy, there are a lot of "moving parts" to consider—from communicating with the school community and avoiding potential discrimination suits, all the way to coordinating testing efforts and selecting vendors.
One of those "parts" is the test itself. While the urine drug test predominates school drug-testing conversation, there are other options available, depending on what you want to accomplish—and what you want to spend.
Q: Our school offers medical insurance to full-time staff. Several staff members have opted to stay on their spouses' insurance and are reimbursed, up to the cost of school provided insurance. The employees who chose this option are happy, and our school has been pleased with the significant savings as well.
However, we were informed during a recent audit that this practice is neither legal nor in compliance with the ACA. We were also told we cannot give raises to offset the cost of the insurance, if the raise is directly tied to insurance—a practice we have done for years!
What do these practices have to do with mandated employee health benefits and the ACA?
Over the past year, we’ve written on a range of topics, from navigating compliance issues to handling awkward conversations—and we’ll be sure to cover more hot topics in the year to come. Before we move on, though, let’s look back at articles from our top-read editions of the Business Manager e-Letter in 2014.
Deciding to cancel school for a snow day remains one of the most public and potentially contentious decisions a School Head can make. After all, parents, faculty, and staff alike can play armchair-Head and declare what they would (or would not) have done in your place with the clear vision of hindsight.
Your school community's safety lies in your hands during bad weather. At the same time, as Head, you don't want to force parents to scramble to arrange child care for no reason. How, then, can you determine whether you should cancel school for wicked winter weather?
Over the past year, we’ve written about everything from handling criticism and crafting job descriptions to the dangerous ways students try to get high—and we’ll be sure to cover more hot topics in the year to come. Before we move on, though, let's look back to the top-read articles in the School Head e-Letter over the past year.