Standards of Ethical Conduct Because You Can Learn

(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles

of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)

1. Our school values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion

to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship.

Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and

the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.

2. Our primary concern is the student and the development of the students potential.

Employees will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best

professional judgment and integrity.

3. Concern for the student requires that our instructional personnel:

 

a. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to

learning and/or to the students mental and/or physical health and/or safety.

 

b. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of

learning.

c. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.

 

d. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's

academic program.

 

e. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or

disparagement.

f. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a students legal rights.

 

g. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color,

religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status,

handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and

shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from

harassment or discrimination.

 

h. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.

 

i. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the

 

course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is

required by law.

 

4. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of colleagues, of

students, of parents, and of the community, employees of our school must display the

highest degree of ethical conduct. This commitment requires that our employees:

 

a. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.

 

b. Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin,

political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or

social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or

advantages or participation in any professional organization.

c. Shall not interfere with a colleagues exercise of political or civil rights and

responsibilities.

d. Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably

interferes with an individuals performance of professional or work

responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a

hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further,

shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such

harassment or discrimination.

 

e. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.

Training Requirement All instructional personnel, educational support employees, and

administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these

standards of ethical conduct.

 

Reporting Misconduct All instructional personnel, educational support employees, and

school administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel,

educational support employees and school administrators which affects the health, safety,

or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and

alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or

testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of

misconduct of employees should be made to Jennifer Ferreira, PhD. Reports of

misconduct committed by administrators should be made to Jennifer Ferreira, PhD.

 

Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be

reported to the

 

Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting

misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health,

safety, or welfare of a student are posted in our office and on our Web site at

www.becauseyoucanllc.com

 

Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect All employees and agents have an

affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or

neglect. Call1-800- 96-ABUSE or report online at:

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.

 

Signs of Physical Abuse The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, or other

injuries; broken bones; or burns. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem

withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or may run away, shy away from

physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.

Signs of Sexual Abuse The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble

walking or sitting, pain or itching in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A

child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively,

fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy

away from physical contact, or run away from home.

 

Signs of Neglect The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at

home, poor hygiene, or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be

frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.

Patterns of Abuse: Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a

single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious

indicator and should be reported.

 

Liability Protections Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in

any act authorized or required by law, or reporting in good faith any instance of child

abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall

be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of

such action. (F.S. 39.203)

An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a

prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective

employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such

disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that

the information disclosed by the former or current employee was knowingly false or

violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)