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Standards of Ethical Conduct


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 student's 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 student's 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 student's 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. GFIA shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.

b. GFIA 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. GFIA shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.

d. GFIA shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual's 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. GFIA shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.


​Misconduct must be reported to: Grace and Faith Int’l Academy, Board of Directors’ Mrs. Lisa Bishop

(Call the school for her 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.



Training Requirement

All instructional personnel and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.

Misconduct by School Employees

Employees and administrators are obligated to report any employee misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of children.

Examples of misconduct include:

Any interaction or communication that may reflect even the appearance of impropriety or make students feel uncomfortable
Swearing, making inappropriate sexual, racial/or ethnic comments

Yelling or abusive actions toward a student

Drinking or using illegal drugs at school, around or with students, or at any school-related event when students are present

Touching students or their clothing in non-professional ways or inappropriate places, or touching a student with aggression, in frustration, or when highly emotional

Speaking with innuendo to suggest a relationship or sexual subjects

Engaging students to complete personal errands for you

Conduct based on such factors as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or political beliefs. 

Reporting Employee Misconduct

Any employee who becomes aware of any existing or potential employee misconduct is required to promptly notify the Head of School or Director.

Any employee who becomes aware of any existing or potential employee misconduct by an administrator is required to promptly notify the Head of School or Director.

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 the School’s office, Employee Work Area, Lunch Rooms and on our Web Site at www.gfintlacademy.com

Child Abuse Reporting Obligations


All employees have an affirmative duty and legal responsibility to report all actual and suspected cases of child abuse. Any information received that leads to a suspicion that a child has been abused, neglected, or abandoned must be reported by calling 1-800-96-ABUSE or reporting online at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.


Florida Statutes require that all school personnel immediately (within 24 hours) report situations involving potential child abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The statute contains these definitions:

“Abuse”: any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child’s physical , mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired.

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.

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.
 


Thank you again for placing your child with us where we strive to meet the highest academic standards in our student's education, and at the same time sharing the importance of lifetime moral and ethical values.