Elwood Community School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

3139 - STAFF DISCIPLINE

The School Board believes that reasonable rules of conduct for professional employees are necessary to ensure an effective and orderly instructional environment is present at all times. To this end, the Corporation has adopted the following policy. The purpose of this policy, except in cases of gross misconduct, is to bring a professional employee's performance and conduct up to a satisfactory level.

"Any reprimand, warning, discipline, or investigation of a teacher shall be issued in a professional manner. Reprimands shall not be conducted in the presence of students, other teachers (excepting the Exclusive Representative, if present), or parents."

If the situation warrants, the Corporation may follow a system of progressive discipline geared to correct practices rather than penalize employees. This discipline may include, but is not limited to the following:

 A.Verbal counseling/oral warning in which a verbal conference between the employee and his/her supervisor is held.

 B.A written warning which is a formal notice of a performance problem or inability to follow established policy. This notice serves as a warning that continued infractions will not be tolerated and may result in recommendation for discharge.

 C.A staff member may be placed on probation in connection with the written warning for a period of time determined by the supervisor.

 D.A suspension with pay may be invoked. The length of the suspension will be at the discretion of the Superintendent according to the severity of the violation.

 E.A suspension without pay may be invoked. The length of the suspension will be at the discretion of the Superintendent according to the severity of the violation.

Exceptions to this disciplinary procedure may be made, in cases where good practice demands immediate suspension or dismissal. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:

 A.reporting for duty under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs

 B.bringing alcoholic beverages or drugs onto the school premises or to events sponsored by the Corporation

 C.insubordination

 D.theft of Corporation property

 E.arrest, with subsequent conviction

 F.falsification of application or medical information

 G.threats and/or acts of violence

 H.repeated violations of school regulations

In the event a professional staff member is recommended for suspension without pay or dismissal, the procedures required by Indiana law will be implemented.

I.C. 20-6.1-4-11
29 C.F.R. Part 541.11B
Auer V Robbins, - U.S. - 117 S.Ct.905(1997)

Adopted 1/14/99
Revised 3/07