|West Clermont Local School District|
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8340 - LETTERS OF REFERENCE
The Board of Education recognizes that an employee or former employee’s request to an administrator for a letter of reference is an opportunity to share information about the staff member’s performance with a prospective employer or other interested party. A current or former employee shall have no expectation that a letter of reference will be written upon request. The decision to comply with such a request shall be solely at the discretion of the administrator.
If an administrator opts, however, to prepare a reference letter, the Board expects that administrator to provide specific and truthful comments concerning the employee or former employee’s actual performance that can be substantiated by the administrator’s personal knowledge and/or the individual’s personnel file.
In accordance with law, an administrator who, in the scope of his/her employment, provides a letter of reference or employment reference may be entitled to a qualified privilege for statements included in that reference letter, provided such statements were made in good faith, without malice, and in accordance with this policy.
All District employees, including but not limited to an administrator who prepares a letter of reference or provides an employment reference pursuant to this policy, are prohibited from assisting a District employee, contractor or agent in obtaining a new job if s/he knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such District employee, contractor or agent engaged in sexual misconduct regarding a minor or student in violation of State or Federal law. "Assisting" does not include the routine transmission of administrative and personnel files. The only exceptions permitted are those authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, such as where the matter has been investigated by law enforcement and the matter was officially closed due to lack of probable cause or where the individual was acquitted or otherwise exonerated of the alleged misconduct.
Section 8546 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
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