The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

1210 - STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT

All employees are representatives of the District and shall conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system.

 A.An administrator shall:

  1.keep current in their subject area through attendance at professional meetings, acquaintance with professional publications, and participation in inservice activities;

  2.make a 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;

  3.not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning;

  4.not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view;

  5.not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic program;

  6.not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement;

  7.not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights;

  8.not harass or discriminate against any student on any basis prohibited by law or the School Board and shall make reasonable efforts to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination;

  9.not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage (see Board Policy 1213, Student Supervision and Welfare);

  10.keep confidential personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law;

  11.take reasonable precautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any educational institution or organization with which the individual is affiliated;

  12.not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression;

  13.not use institutional privileges for personal gain or advantage; (see also Policy 1129, Conflict of Interest)

  14.accept no gratuity, gift, or favor that might influence professional judgment; (see also Policy 1129, Conflict of Interest)
   Pursuant to F.S. 112.313, no administrator shall solicit or accept anything of value including a gift (see F.S. 112.312), loan, reward, promise of future employment, favor, or service based upon an understanding that the vote, official action, or judgment of the administrator would be influenced thereby.

  15.offer no gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages; (see also Policy 1129, Conflict of Interest)

  16.maintain honesty in all professional dealings;

  17.maintain, prepare, and submit promptly all reports that may be required by State law, State Department of Education rules, Board policies, and administrative directives;

  18.not deny a colleague professional benefits, advantages, or participation in any professional organization based on any basis prohibited by law or the Board;

  19.not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities;

  20.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 efforts to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination;

  21.not use abusive and/or profane language or display unseemly conduct in the workplace;

  22.not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague;

  23.not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional judgments of colleagues;

  24.not misrepresent one's own professional qualifications;

  25.not submit fraudulent information on any document in connection with professional activities;

  26.not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact in one's own or another's application for a professional position;

  27.not withhold information regarding a position from an applicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment;

  28.provide upon the request of a certificated individual a written statement of specific reason for recommendations that lead to the denial of increments, significant changes in employment, or termination of employment;

  29.not assist entry into or continuance in the profession of any person known to be unqualified in accordance with these Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and other applicable Florida statutes and State Board of Education rules;

  30.self-report within forty-eight (48) hours to appropriate authorities any arrest and final dispositions of such arrest other than minor traffic violations. (DUI is not considered a minor traffic violation.);
   Administrators shall also self-report any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendere for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation within forty-eight (48) hours after the final judgment.

  31.report any criminal act, and/or disruptive, and/or inappropriate behavior to the administrator or designee to whom the employee is responsible;
   Allegations of child abuse and/or neglect MUST also be reported, immediately upon knowledge, to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-800-96ABUSE (1-800-962-2873), to School Police at 305-995-COPS (305-995-2677), and the site administrator. Failure to immediately report child abuse and/or neglect to the proper authorities will lead to disciplinary action.

  32.report to appropriate authorities any known allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education rules as defined in F.S. 1012.795(1);

  33.seek no reprisal against any individual who has reported any allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education rules as defined in F.S. 1012.795(1);

  34.comply with the conditions of an order of the Education Practices Commission imposing probation, imposing a fine, or restricting the authorized scope of practice;

  35.as the supervising administrator, cooperate with the Education Practices Commission in monitoring the probation of a subordinate.

 B.No staff member shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect; engage in any business transaction or professional activity; or incur any obligation of any nature that is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his/her duties in the public interest. (see also Policy 1129, Conflict of Interest)

All administrators shall be required to complete training on these standards upon employment and annually thereafter.

F.S. 112.312
F.S. 112.313
F.S. 1001.42(6)
F.S. 1012.23
F.S. 1012.795(1)
F.A.C. 6A-10.081

Revised 4/13/16
Technical Change 3/17/17

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