Britton Deerfield School District
Bylaws & Policies


Certified staff members because of their proximity to students are frequently confronted with situations which, if handled incorrectly, could result in liability to the District and personal liability to the certified staff member. It is the intent of the Board of Education to direct the preparation of guidelines that would minimize that possibility.

The Superintendent shall maintain and enforce the following standards:

 A.Each certified staff member shall maintain a standard of care for supervision, control, and protection of students commensurate with assigned duties and responsibilities.

 B.A certified staff member should not volunteer to assume responsibility for duties s/he cannot reasonably perform. Such assumption carries the same responsibilities as assigned duties.

 C.A certified staff member shall provide proper instruction in the safety matters presented in assigned course guides.

 D.Each certified staff member shall immediately report to the principal any accident or safety hazard s/he detects.

 E.Each certified staff member shall immediately report to the principal any knowledge of threats of violence by students.

 F.A certified staff member shall not send students on any personal errands.

 G.A certified staff member shall not associate with students, at any time in a manner which gives the appearance of impropriety, including, but not limited to, the creation or participation in any situation or activity which could be considered abusive or sexually suggestive or involve illegal substances such as tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
  This provision should not be construed as precluding a certified staff member from associating with students in private for legitimate or proper reasons. However, dating, romantic and/or sexual relationships with students, regardless of their age and regardless of consent are absolutely prohibited, unless the staff member and student are legally married.

 H.A certified staff member shall not transport students in a private vehicle without the approval of the principal.

 I.A student shall not be required to perform work or services that may be detrimental to his/her health.

 J.Staff members shall only engage in electronic communication with students via email, texting, social media and/or online networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Skype, blogs, etc., when such communication is directly related to curricular matters or co-curricular/extracurricular events or activities with prior approval of the principal.

 K.Staff members are prohibited from electronically transmitting any personally identifiable image of a student(s), including video, photographs, streaming video, etc. via email, text message, or through the use of social media and/or online networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Skype, blogs, etc., unless such transmission has been made as part of a pre-approved curricular matter or co-curricular/extracurricular event or activity such as a school-sponsored publication or production in accordance with Policy 5722.

Most information concerning a child in school, other than directory information described in Policy 8330, is confidential under Federal and State laws. Any staff member who shares confidential information with another person not authorized to receive the information may be subject to discipline or civil liability. This includes, but is not limited to, information concerning assessments, grades, behavior, family background, and alleged child abuse.

Pursuant to the laws of the State and Board Policy 8462, each certified staff member shall report to the proper legal authorities immediately, any sign of suspected child abuse or neglect.

M.C.L.A. 722.621 et seq., 750.520b, 750.520c, 750.520d, 750.520e

Revised 6/21/04
Revised 5/12/11

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