VSBIT FY 22 Virtual Trainings


PRESENTERS: Heather T. Lynn, Esq. and Pietro J. Lynn, Esq., of Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky, P.C., Burlington, Vermont.

WHEN: VSBIT is offering two, identical, full day sessions: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; OR Tuesday November 9, 2021, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, the cost of each session is $50.00.

WHERE: Virtual

DESCRIPTION: This full day session will include a lunch break and two 10 minute breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). It will cover the (1) definition of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX, as compared with Vermont’s definition ( 2) Coordinator Responsibilities for intake and assessment of sexual harassment matters, and the coordination of the Title IX Grievance Process; (3) An explanation of the objectives of the Title IX Grievance Procedure and specific Grievance Procedure responsibilities for coordinators, investigators and decision makers.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Title IX Coordinators, Title IX Investigators, Title IX Decision Makers (Initial and Appellate).

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PRESENTER: Pietro J. Lynn, Esq.

WHEN: Monday, October 18, 2021, this will be a split trainng,

WHERE: Virtual

SESSION ONE: Monday, October 18, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. cost $35.00.

DESCRIPTION: FMLA claims present a dangerous and complicated legal maze for school administrators. The session will will explore the employer’s obligations under FMLA for leave and intermittent leave. The session will explore eligibility requirements, time counting and compensation and benefits obligations. Participants will discuss risk mitigation techniques and how to get to no without creating exposures.

SESSION TWO: Monday, October 18, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, cost $35.00.

SESSION TWO: The Americans with Disabilities Act is a powerful tool for employees with qualifying impairments and disabilities. Not only does the ADA bar adverse employment decisions based on protected characteristics, but it also requires accommodation of disabilities in the workplace. The session will describe the rights and responsibilities of the District. The training will answer what constitutes a reasonable accommodation and when can the employer decline to accommodate. It will explore the intersection of FMLA and ADA. Participants will discuss a pragmatic approach to meeting responsibilities and drafting appropriate documentation to limit exposures.

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PRESENTER: Heather T. Lynn, Esq.

WHEN: Three Wednesday morning sessions – held over the course of nine weeks, from September through November.

WHERE: Virtual

SESSION ONE: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 8:30 am - 11:30 am, cost $35.00.

DESCRIPTION: This session will focus on exploring the definitions of harassment, hazing and bullying as defined by Vermont’s Model Policies, as well as Title IX Sexual Harassment, and discuss how Building Administrators and/or Title IX Coordinators can apply those definitions to alleged inappropriate staff or student conduct during intake and assessment. It will also discuss how to apply those definitions during the information gathering and decision making phases of HHB or Title IX investigations as appropriate.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Designees/Administrators/Title IX Coordinators who seek a better understanding of WHEN to refer and/or launch either a VT HHB Investigation or the Title IX Grievance Process; and HHB Investigators, Title IX Investigators, and Title IX Decision Makers (Initial or Appellate) who wish to improve their analysis during the information gathering or decision making phases of investigations or Title IX Grievance Process, as appropriate.

SESSION TWO: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 8:30 am - 11:30 am, cost $35.00.

DESCRIPTION: This session will focus on how to perform a legally compliant, timely and well documented Intake and Assessment process for both VT Harassment, Hazing and Bullying and Title IX Matters. Documenting information which the school has notice/actual knowledge of, and making timely legally compliant decisions on when to initiate an HHB investigation or Title IX process in response to that information will be covered - as well as the provision of Interim Measures/Supportive Measures in response to such knowledge.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Designated Employees, Building Administrators, and Title IX Coordinators, anyone tasked to engaging in intake and assessment of conduct which allegedly violates the school’s policies for the prevention of harassment, hazing, bullying and/or sexual harassment.

SESSION THREE: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 8:30 am - 11:30 am, cost $35.00.

DESCRIPTION: This session will focus on how to investigate conduct which may violate Vermont’s prohibitions against hazing, harassment and/or bullying of students. It will cover the announcement of an investigation, determining the scope of an investigation, documenting interim measures, conducting investigating interviews and reviewing other forms of evidence, reaching fact/policy conclusions, reaching timely and substantively sound results (or announcing delays), announcing results and appeal rights, and recommending and instituting remedial actions, drafting reports.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Anyone who may be assigned to conduct an HHB investigation. Those persons tasked with performing Title IX Investigations may also find the training useful given the overlap in certain types of responsibilities.

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All registered participants will receive a link to access the training prior to the training.


The cost for each training is as indicated above. Your SU/SD will be invoiced after the training has been completed.

Cancellation Policy: Once registered, funds are due and refunds will not be available. Registrants may swap their position with another staff member at any time. Inquiries regarding special considerations should be directed to Lorie Whittemore. You can contact Lorie by e-mail: lorie@vsbit.org or telephone: 802-223-6132, ext. 209