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Ethics in Education Act. Division of Human Resources The School District of Lee County. Initial Points. Law requires school districts to adopt policies and procedures for ethical conduct Applies to instructional personnel and school administrators

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Ethics in education act

Ethics in Education Act

Division of Human Resources

The School District of Lee County


Initial points
Initial Points

  • Law requires school districts to adopt policies and procedures for ethical conduct

  • Applies to instructional personnel and school administrators

    • Instructional personnel includes teachers, paraprofessionals, substitutes, media specialists, psychologists…

  • HR is amending current policies and procedures to comply with the law


Training
Training

  • Summer Leadership

  • Principal Meetings

  • Employment Law Training

  • Code of Ethics Training

  • School-Based Training

    • Professional Misconduct Brochure


Hiring
Hiring

  • Conduct employment history check (now mandated by law)

  • Must contact previous employer

  • Document efforts to contact (even if contact efforts fail, you must document your efforts)

  • HR revising District Employment Reference Form


Former employee references
Former Employee References

  • When providing a reference you are now required to disclose misconduct, if any

  • Only required to disclose misconduct to educational employers seeking a reference (school districts, colleges, charter schools, private schools, etc.)

  • If personal knowledge of misconduct – disclose, if not, do not disclose and refer to HR (Department of Professional Standards and Equity)


Reporting requirements
Reporting Requirements

  • All staff are required to report misconduct

    • Conduct that affects the health, safety or welfare of a student

  • Must report instructional staff and/or school administrators that commit misconduct

  • Contact school administrator and Department of Professional Standards and Equity to report misconduct

  • Failure to report will result in discipline and possible loss of certification


Posting requirements
Posting Requirements

  • Notice must be posted in all schools regarding requirement to report misconduct

  • DOE Web site has four sample posters available

  • Post in a conspicuous place

  • Provide copies of the Misconduct Brochure to staff


Section 1012 315 f s
Section 1012.315, F.S.

  • Disqualification from employment for conviction of specific criminal offenses

    • law includes 49 offenses

  • Applies to instructional employees and school administrators

  • Background screening results are currently being reviewed

  • Law applies prospectively and retroactively

  • Schools will be notified when employees are identified


Questions

Questions?

Contact

Office of the Staff Attorney

335-1447


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