Adapted from the Florida Department of Education, Rule 6A-10.081, Florida Administrative Code, Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida:
1. The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, reasoning from biblical truth making applications in every area of life, pursuit of 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. The educator’s primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student’s potential. The educator will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
3. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of one’s colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.
All employees, educational support, instructional personnel, and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct. This training will be given during our in-service before school begins each school year.
Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators
All employees, educational support, instructional personnel, and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel 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 the Headmaster, Pete Conner, 941-886-4522. Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to the academy Chairperson, Cindy Hancock, (941) 923-5230. 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 outside room 206, and on our Web site at lcasarasota.com/about/codeofethics/.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE, ABANDONEMENT OR NEGLECT
All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. All staff members are required to meet the requirements for suspected Child Abuse. All staff will be required to attend the Ethics in Education training during Orientation Week. The Florida Protective Services Abuse Registry Hotline is 800-96-ABUSE or 800-962-2873, or report online at: www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.
If a staff member suspects child abuse, our policy is that he/she should discuss the situation with the administration before notifying The Florida Department of Children and Families or any other child advocacy organization. (This is not required by law, but it is a school policy).
If either the administration or the staff member is reasonably convinced that authorities should be notified, then a call to the Abuse Hotline should be made by the individual with first-hand information. If neither the administration nor the staff member is adequately convinced that a call to the Abuse Hotline is necessary, then both will still keep a written record of the conversation.
Signs of Physical Abuse: The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, or other injuries, such as 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.
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 employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY – STAFF AND STUDENTS
Liberty Christian Academy does not discriminate against qualified applicants, employees, prospective students, or enrolled students who are/or become disabled. A qualified person is someone who, with or without a reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job or educational program in question. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Liberty Christian Academy has adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination against faculty, staff and students with disabilities. The school, however, admits only those students for which the school can provide an appropriate educational program.
It is and shall be the policy of Liberty Christian Academy in the admission of students or the hiring of employees, not to discriminate on the basis of the applicant’s race, color, age, biological sex, or ethnic origin and entitle them to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students and employees at this school.