Code of Conduct for Employee Pupil Interactions
The Board of Education expects District employees to maintain the highest ethical standards, behave professionally, follow District policies and regulations, abide by state and federal laws, and exercise good judgment when interacting with students and other members of the school community. Employees shall engage in conduct that enhances the integrity of the District, advances the goals of the District's educational programs, and contributes to a positive school climate.
The Board encourages District employees to accept as guiding principles the professional standards and codes of ethics adopted by educational or professional associations to which they may belong.
Each employee is expected to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill his/her responsibilities and to contribute to the learning and achievement of District students.
Inappropriate Conduct - Inappropriate employee conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Engaging in any conduct that endangers students, staff, or others, including, but not limited to, physical violence, threats of violence, or possession of a firearm or other weapon
- Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior towards students, parents/guardians, staff, or community members, or failing or refusing to intervene when an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against a student is observed
- Physically abusing, sexually abusing, neglecting, or otherwise willfully harming or injuring a child
- Engaging in inappropriate socialization or fraternization with a student or soliciting, encouraging, or maintaining an inappropriate written, verbal, or physical relationship with a student
- Possessing or viewing any pornography on school grounds, or possessing or viewing child pornography or other imagery portraying children in a sexualized manner at any time
- Using profane, obscene, or abusive language against students, parents/guardians, staff, or community members
- Willfully disrupting District or school operations by loud or unreasonable noise or other action
- Using tobacco, alcohol, or an illegal or unauthorized substance, or possessing or distributing any controlled substance, while in the workplace, on District property, or at a school-sponsored activity
- Being dishonest with students, parents/guardians, staff, or members of the public, including, but not limited to, falsifying information in employment records or other school records
- Divulging confidential information about students, District employees, or District operations to persons or entities not authorized to receive the information
- Using District equipment or other District resources for the employee's own commercial purposes or for political activities
- Using District equipment or communications devices for personal purposes while on duty, except in an emergency, during scheduled work breaks, or for personal necessity
- Employees shall be notified that computer files and all electronic communications, including, but not limited to, email and voice mail, are not private. To ensure proper use, the Superintendent or designee may monitor employee usage of District technological resources at any time without the employee's consent.
- Causing damage to or engaging in theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the District
- Wearing inappropriate attire