Standards of Ethical Conduct for Instructional Personnel and Administrators
The following Standards of ethical Conduct are adapted from “The Code of Ethics and The Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida” promulgated by the Florida Department of Education.
AEF Schools disqualifies from employment any instructional personnel or school administrator who is convicted of an act listed under s.1012.315, F.S.
AEF Schools conducts an employment history check before employing instructional personnel or school administrators in any position that requires direct contact with students and documents the findings.
AEF Schools screens the personnel or administrator through the Professional Practice Database of Disciplinary Actions and the Teacher Certification Database and documents the findings.
AEF Schools prohibits confidentiality agreements with instructional personnel or school administrators who are dismissed, terminated, or resign in lieu of termination due to misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.
Our teachers and staff are highly respected professionals and members of our communities; AEF works hard to hold employees to a high standard of ethics and principles. Unfortunately, employees’ misconduct occurs and is a serious concern for communities and schools across the country.
Every AEF employee should be aware of the following behaviors that might be indicative of misconduct:
Being alone with a student in dark or closed room or secluded area
Behaving in an overly friendly or familiar way or failing to maintain an appropriate professional boundary with a student
Using forceful or unnecessary physical contact with a student
Administering discipline not compliant with school policy
Accepting or offering of gifts for return of a favor or privilege from students or colleagues
Badgering or habitually teasing a student
Mocking or belittling a student
Chronically embarrassing a student
Displaying prejudice or bigotry against a student
Suspicion of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Failing to properly supervise students or to ensure student safety
Cheating, falsifying information or testing violations
Retaliating against a student or colleague for reporting misconduct
Bantering or engaging in colloquial or slang communications with a student
Directing or using profane, offensive, or explosive language in the presence of students
Making suggestive comments or overtures toward a student or colleague
The following policies are strictly enforced at AEF Schools:
AEF Schools employees are required to attend complete training on the adopted standards of ethical conduct.
AEF Schools employees have a duty to report misconduct by instructional personnel. This report is required to be done immediately.
Employees who should be reported are classrooms teachers, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, social workers, career specialists, psychologists, principal, assistant principal, and deans.
Consequences for failing to report misconduct may include: written reprimand, suspension with or without pay, termination of employment, and discipline/sanctions on an educators certificate.
Misconduct can be reported to the principal or executive director. (Call school for contact information)
It is important to document the details of the event and to secure evidence, if available. Employees reporting misconduct will be sheltered under the liability protections provided under ss.39.203 and 768.095, F.S.
FLORIDA STATUTES AND RULES
Florida Statutes s. 1006.061 states all employees and agents of the district school board, charter schools and private schools that accept scholarship students have an obligation to report misconduct by an instructional personnel member or school administrator
Florida Statutes s. 1012.33 outlines disciplinary procedures regarding district employment contracts with instructional personnel staff, supervisors and school principals
Florida Statutes s. 1012.795 provides the Education Practices Commission the authority to issue disciplinary action against an individual’s Florida Educator certificate
Florida Statutes s. 1012.796 provides authority for the Department of Education to investigate and prosecute allegations of educator misconduct
Florida Statute s. 1012.01 defines public school instructional personnel, administrative personnel, school volunteers, education support employees and managers
State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.001 defines the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida
State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006 defines the Principals of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida