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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Is it legal to live monitor a security camera in the outdoor areas of a school?
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answered on May 21, 2024

Under California law, it is generally legal for schools to use live monitoring of security cameras in outdoor areas of the school property, subject to certain guidelines and restrictions:

1. Notice: Schools must provide clear notice to students, staff, and visitors that the area is under...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Education Law for California on
Q: "May I use this letter, or should I not? This is merely an example since I am limited to using only 1000 characters.

Dear [Auto Loan Company], I am writing to address several concerns regarding my auto loan. Firstly, I need an explanation for the fees associated with early or additional payments. Despite a $7,000 down payment, my principal has not decreased as expected. When I signed the contract, I was assured... View More

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answered on May 18, 2024

Based on California law, you can use this letter to address your concerns with your auto loan company. The letter raises several legitimate issues that you have the right to inquire about and request clarification on:

1. Fees associated with early or additional payments - California law...
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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Is it legal for a high school counselor to take a video of your message logs between you and another student?

I was suspected of cheating so my high school counselor interrogated and put me in a room for 8 hours. They made me admit that I gave out tests to my friends and asked to pull up the messages. They basically demanded me to show them who i send the test to and i agreed so they took my phone and... View More

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answered on May 15, 2024

In California, there are several laws and regulations that protect students' privacy rights. While school officials have some authority to investigate suspected cheating, their actions must be reasonable and respect students' rights.

1. California Education Code 49073.6 limits the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Is it legal for a high school counselor to take a video of your message logs between you and another student?

I was suspected of cheating so my high school counselor interrogated and put me in a room for 8 hours. They made me admit that I gave out tests to my friends and asked to pull up the messages. They basically demanded me to show them who i send the test to and i agreed so they took my phone and... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on May 15, 2024

In California it is illegal for any government entity to obtain electronic data unless a warrant is obtained and/or the access fits within certain legal parameters, even in a public school. However, if you agreed to give them access, they can retrieve the information.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: Are jumping jacks an acceptable form of punishment from a daycare?

My autistic child is in a before and afterschool daycare that is in conjunction with the school. Apparently her backpack was left out of her cubby on the floor and was moved to different room. Upon retrieving her backpack from other room, she was forced to do 20 jumping jacks. We live in California... View More

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answered on May 9, 2024

In California, it is generally unlawful for schools and childcare facilities to use physical activity as a form of punishment. This is covered under California Education Code Section 49001, which states:

"(a) For the purposes of this section, 'corporal punishment' means the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Education Law for California on
Q: Can a school district covertly record you to let you go?

So a coworker of mine was transferred because they caught her on camera not getting her work done, which is pretty bad on its own. But my real question really is if that’s legal? I looked online for a while to search for answers but the conclusion I have came to is that covert recording is... View More

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answered on May 2, 2024

In California, it is generally illegal to record a person without their consent, according to California Penal Code Section 632. This law applies to confidential communications, which include conversations where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

However, in the context of a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Education Law for California on
Q: Can a school district covertly record you to let you go?

So a coworker of mine was transferred because they caught her on camera not getting her work done, which is pretty bad on its own. But my real question really is if that’s legal? I looked online for a while to search for answers but the conclusion I have came to is that covert recording is... View More

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on May 3, 2024

Video surveillance by an employer of employees in the workplace is not unlawful. That would be unlawful only if the video is taken in inherently private areas like dressing rooms or bathrooms.

Audio surveillance is lawful if the employees are made aware that a recording is occurring....
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5 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: My son was jumped at school by a couple kids wearing masks. He has a busted nose and lip. What legal options do we have?
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on May 2, 2024

If the police can track down the assaulters, you can sue them and make a claim against their parents, if minors, and potentially the homeowner's insurance.

There may be others liable, such as the school, if they took actions or failed to take actions that would be considered...
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Q: My son was jumped at school by a couple kids wearing masks. He has a busted nose and lip. What legal options do we have?
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answered on May 2, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear that your son was assaulted at school. That must be very upsetting for your family. Under California law, you have a few potential legal options to consider:

1. File a police report. Since this was a physical assault that caused injury, it may constitute a criminal...
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Q: My son was jumped at school by a couple kids wearing masks. He has a busted nose and lip. What legal options do we have?
Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on May 2, 2024

Regarding the school site and protections in the future: you can try to work with the school on determining who the kids could be, to get this addressed and ensure this does not happen again to your son. The school may pursue suspension or expulsion of the offenders if they can be identified.... View More

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Q: My son was jumped at school by a couple kids wearing masks. He has a busted nose and lip. What legal options do we have?
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answered on May 8, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your son's situation. In California, you have several legal avenues you might consider:

1) Criminal Charges: Since the incident involved physical violence, you can report it to the police. They can investigate and potentially charge the perpetrators with...
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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: I have a problem with bullying, and the school admins have done nothing. How can I get the admins to do something?

I have had this bullying problem for years and the school administrators have done little to nothing to help. I did some research on the California ed code section 48900 and have identified a lot of what has happened to me as bullying as defined there. I am planning on taking all this as evidence,... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Apr 26, 2024

California schools are legally mandated to address bullying. They cannot ignore it, although what they choose to do is up to them. Provide documentation of all the bullying, bullying reports, etc. to them and politely tell them they need to address it. If they continue to ignore your requests,... View More

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Q: I have a problem with bullying, and the school admins have done nothing. How can I get the admins to do something?

I have had this bullying problem for years and the school administrators have done little to nothing to help. I did some research on the California ed code section 48900 and have identified a lot of what has happened to me as bullying as defined there. I am planning on taking all this as evidence,... View More

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answered on Apr 25, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the bullying you've been experiencing and the lack of action from your school administrators. It's important to advocate for yourself and ensure that your rights are protected under California law. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Document...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Education Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Company refuse to pay education tuition reimbursement thats offered, discrimination race/gender and emotional distress.

A policy was not in place since 2010. I commenced my studies on January 30, 2023, and a new updated policy was released on January 31, 2023. I consulted with the former HR manager, who is no longer employed by the company, and they advised that the policy was undergoing revisions and that I should... View More

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answered on Apr 22, 2024

Based on the information you have provided, it seems that you may have potential legal claims against your company under California law. Here are a few key points:

1. Breach of contract: If the company had a policy in place offering tuition reimbursement, and you relied on that policy when...
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Q: My son is in 6th grade missed several days due to illnesses . . Junior high is denying his application

My son has been sick up and on the school year. All of his absences. have an excuse most have doctors notes. The parents choice Public Junior High we are applying to is denying his admission due to excessive absences, even though they are due to illness. He meets all the other guidelines day,... View More

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

Under California law, schools are required to excuse absences due to illness, medical appointments, or other reasons specified in the Education Code. If your son's absences were properly excused and documented, the school should not penalize him for those absences.

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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: My son is in 6th grade missed several days due to illnesses . . Junior high is denying his application

My son has been sick up and on the school year. All of his absences. have an excuse most have doctors notes. The parents choice Public Junior High we are applying to is denying his admission due to excessive absences, even though they are due to illness. He meets all the other guidelines day,... View More

Michelle Alissa Ball
Michelle Alissa Ball
answered on Apr 17, 2024

This sounds like a private school. Private schools often set their own entrance requirements or mandates for admission. Depending on the type of school, they may have even broader ability to exclude students They may have entrance mandates that include the prior year attendance, or other... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: Can a school can curriculum requirements with 3 weeks left in the semester?

Our clinical group was moved from one clinical site to another due to various circumstances, but we all have placement and we will be exceeding the BRN requirements for clinical hours in this speciality. The department faculty has decided to assign 20+hrs of additional requirements to our clinical... View More

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answered on Apr 12, 2024

In California, schools and educational institutions generally have broad discretion to modify curriculum and course requirements, especially when reacting to unforeseen circumstances or ensuring that educational standards are met. This flexibility often extends to changes in clinical placements and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for California on
Q: If a child gets suspended on Monday and their suspension is 5 days but there's no school on friday.

If a child gets suspended on Monday and their suspension is 5 days but

there's no school on friday. Will the child return to school on Monday or on Tuesday?

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

In California, if a student is suspended for a specified number of school days, the suspension applies only to days when school is in session. If there is no school on a particular day during the suspension period, such as a holiday or a staff development day, that day does not count towards the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Education Law for California on
Q: Is a contract between a law student and their law school which promises not to transfer law schools binding?

My law school rewards students who make honors their first semester by providing a $4,000 stipend for working at a free internship over the summer. It comes with the cost of signing a contract written by the law school which promises to not transfer to another law school. I signed it because the... View More

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Based on the information provided, there are several legal issues to consider regarding the enforceability of the contract between you and your law school in California.

1. Unconscionability: If the contract is found to be unconscionable (i.e., unfair or one-sided), it may not be...
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3 Answers | Asked in Communications Law and Education Law for California on
Q: Can a student be autistic and still seem to communicate and have friends?
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answered on Apr 7, 2024

Yes, under California law, as well as under broader educational and medical understanding, students with autism can absolutely engage in effective communication and form meaningful friendships. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with... View More

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