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Standards of Ethical Conduct

Standards of Ethical Conduct
Coastal Community School
Satellite Beach, FL

(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of
Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)
1. Our school values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to
excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to
achieving these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal
opportunity for all.
2. Our primary concern is the student and the development of the student's potential.
Employees will strive for professional growth and will exercise the best professional
judgment and integrity.
3. Concern for the student requires that our instructional personnel:
a. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning
and/or the student's mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
b. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
c. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
d. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic
program.
e. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
f. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights.
g. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student based on race, color, religion, sex,
age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual
orientation, or social and family background and shall make a reasonable effort to assure that
each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
h. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
i. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of
professional service unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
4. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of colleagues,
students, parents, and the community, our school employees must display the highest
degree of ethical conduct. This commitment requires that our employees:
a. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
b. Shall not based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political
beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family
background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any
professional organization.
c. Shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.
d. Shall 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 a reasonable effort to assure that each
individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.
e. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.

Training Requirement: All instructional personnel, educational support employees,
and administrators are required to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators All instructional
personnel, educational support employees, and school administrators must report misconduct
by instructional personnel, educational support employees, and school administrators that
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 CCS Head of School
and/or Board of Directors.
Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to the CCS Head of
School and/or Board of Directors.
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 that affects the health, safety,
or welfare of a student are posted in the CCS Staff Handbook and on our website at
coastalcommunityschool.org.


Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment, or Neglect All employees and agents have an
affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or
neglect. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.
Signs of Physical Abuse: The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, other injuries,
broken bones, or burns. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or
depressed, seem afraid to go home, 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 the 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.

Liability Protections 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 because 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)