File: GBEB

Policy:  GBEB
Adopted:  12-13-11

 

Staff Conduct
(And Responsibilities)

 

All staff members have a responsibility to make themselves familiar with and abide by federal and state laws as these affect their work, and the policies and regulations of the district.

 

As representatives of the district and role models for students, all staff shall demonstrate and uphold high professional, ethical and moral standards.  Staff members shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the educational mission of the district and shall maintain professional boundaries with students at all times.  Interactions between staff members must be based on mutual respect and any disputes will be resolved in a professional manner.

 

Rules of conduct

 

Each staff member shall observe rules of conduct established in law which specify that a school employee shall not:

 

1.         Disclose or use confidential information acquired in the course

            of employment to substantially further personal financial

            interests.

 

2.         Accept a gift of substantial value or substantial economic

            benefit tantamount t to a gift of substantial value which would

            tend to improperly influence a reasonable person in the position,

            or which the staff member knows or should know is primarily for

            the purpose of a reward for action taken in which the staff

            member exercised discretionary authority.

 

3.         Engage in a substantial financial transaction for private

            business purposes with a person whom the staff member supervises.

 

4.         Perform any action in which the staff member has discretionary

            authority which directly and substantially confers an economic

            benefit on a business or other undertaking in which the staff

            member has a substantial financial interest or is engaged as

            counsel, consultant, representative or agent.

 

The phrase “economic benefit tantamount to a gift of substantial value” includes a loan at a rate of interest substantially lower than the prevailing commercial rate and compensation received for private services rendered at a rate substantially exceeding the fair market value.

 

It is permissible for an employee to receive:

 

1.         An occasional nonpecuniary gift which is insignificant in value.

 

2.         A nonpecuniary award publicly presented by a nonprofit

            organization in recognition of public service.

  

3.         Payment or reimbursement for actual and necessary expenditures

            for travel and subsistence for attendance at a convention or

            other meeting at which he or she is scheduled to participate.

 

4.         Reimbursement for or acceptance of an opportunity to participate

            in a social function or meeting which is not extraordinary when

            viewed in light of the position.

 

5.         Items of perishable or nonpermanent value including but not

            limited to meals, lodging, travel expenses or tickets to

            sporting, recreational, educational or cultural events.

 

6.         Payment for speeches, appearances or publications reported as

            honorariums.

All staff members shall be expected to carry out their assigned responsibilities with conscientious concern.

 

It shall not be considered a breach of conduct for a staff member to:

 

1.         Use school facilities and equipment to communicate or correspond

            with constituents, family members or business associates on an

            occasional basis.

 

2.         Accept or receive a benefit as an indirect consequence of

            transacting school district business.

 

Essential to the success of ongoing school operations and the instructional program are the following specific responsibilities which shall be required of all personnel:

 

1.         Faithfulness and promptness in attendance at work.

 

2.         Support and enforcement of policies of the Board and regulations

            of the school administration in regard to students.

 

3.         Diligence in submitting required reports promptly at the times

            specified.

 

4.         Care and protection of school property.

 

5.         Concern and attention toward the safety and welfare of students,

            including the need to ensure that students are appropriately

            supervised.

 

A staff member may request an advisory opinion from the secretary of state concerning issues relating to conduct that is proscribed by state law.


Child abuse

 

All district employees who have reasonable cause to know or suspect that any child is subjected to abuse or to conditions that might result in abuse or neglect must immediately upon receiving such information report such fact in accordance with policy JLF.

 

The superintendent is authorized to conduct an internal investigation or to take any other necessary steps if information is received from a county department of social services or a law enforcement agency that a suspected child abuse perpetrator is a school district employee.  Such information shall remain confidential except that the superintendent shall notify the Colorado Department of Education of the child abuse investigation.

 

Possession of deadly weapons

 

The provisions of the policy regarding public possession of deadly weapons on school property or in school buildings also shall apply to employees of the district.  However, the restrictions shall not apply to employees who are required to carry or use deadly weapons in order to perform their necessary duties and functions.

 

Felony/misdemeanor convictions

 

If, subsequent to beginning employment with the district, the district has good cause to believe that any staff member has been convicted of, pled nolo contendere to, or received a deferred or suspended sentence for any felony or misdemeanor other than a misdemeanor traffic offense or infraction, the district shall make inquiries to the Department of Education for purposes of screening the employee.

 

In addition, the district shall require the employee to submit a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency.  Fingerprints must be submitted within 20 days after receipt of written notification.  The fingerprints shall be forwarded to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of conducting a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history record check utilizing the records of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Disciplinary action, which could include dismissal from employment, may be taken against personnel if the results of fingerprint processing provide relevant information.  Non-licensed employees shall be terminated if the results of the fingerprint-based criminal history record check disclose a conviction for certain felonies, as provided in law.

 

Employees shall not be charged fees for processing fingerprints under these circumstances.

  

 Unlawful behavior involving children

 

The Board may make an inquiry with the Department of Education concerning whether any current employee of the school district has been convicted of, pled nolo contendere to, or received a deferred or suspended sentence or deferred prosecution for a felony or misdemeanor crime involving unlawful sexual behavior or unlawful behavior involving children.  Disciplinary action, including termination, may be taken if the inquiry discloses information relevant to the employee’s fitness for employment.

 

Parental notification requirement

 

If the district receives notice from a criminal justice agency of an employee’s arrest or charge for an offense for which parental notification is required, the district shall notify the parents/guardians of the students currently enrolled in the school of the employee’s arrest or charge.  The district’s duty to notify shall apply to employees whose employment requires them to be in contact with students.  The district may also notify parents/guardians of other employee matters at the district’s discretion, consistent with federal and state law.

 

Personnel addressing health care treatment for behavior issues

 

School personnel are prohibited under state law from recommending or requiring the use of psychotropic drugs for students.  They are also prohibited from testing or requiring testing for a student’s behavior without giving notice to the parent/guardian describing the recommended testing and how any test results will be used and obtaining prior written permission from the student or from the student’s parent/guardian.  See policy JLDAC.  School personnel are encouraged to discuss concerns about a student’s behavior with the parent/guardian and such discussions may include a suggestion that the parent/guardian speak with an appropriate health care professional regarding any behavior concerns school personnel may have.

 

LEGAL REFS.:            C.R.S. 18-12-105.5

                                    C.R.S. 18-12-214(3)(b) (school security officers may carry

                                    concealed handgun pursuant to valid permit)

                                    C.R.S. 19-3-308 (5.7)

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-109(1)(ee) (duty to adopt policy prohibiting

                                    personnel from recommending certain drugs for students or ordering

                                    behavior tests without parent permission)

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-109.1(8) (policy requiring inquiries upon good cause

                                    to department of education for purpose of ongoing screening of

                                    employees)

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-109.7

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-109.8(6) (requirement to terminate non-licensed

                                    employees for certain felony offenses)

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-109.8(10)

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-109.9

                                    C.R.S. 22-32-110(1)(k)

                                     C.R.S. 24-18-104

                                    C.R.S. 24-18-109

                                    1 CCR 201-83 (State Board of Education – parental                                                 notification rules)

 

CROSS REFS.:           JLC, Student Health Services and Records

                                    JLDAC, Screening/Testing of Students

                                    JLF, Reporting Child Abuse/Child Protection

                                    KFA, Public Conduct on School Property

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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