Alane Academy, Inc.
Standards of Ethical Conduct
(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)
1. Alane Academy values the dignity and worth of each person, devotion to excellence, the pursuit of truth, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. The freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all are essential to the achievement of these standards.
2. Our main concern is the student and the development of the student’s potential. Therefore, 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. Make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning, the student’s mental health, the student’s physical health, and 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.
f. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student’s legal rights.
g. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of religion, race, color, age, sex, national or ethnic origin, marital status, political beliefs, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from discrimination and harassment.
h. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
i. 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 confidence and respect of colleagues, students, parents, and the community, employees of Alane Academy must display the highest degree of ethical conduct, which requires that our employees:
a. Maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
b. Shall not deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethical origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background.
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 reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such discrimination or harassment.
e. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
All administrators and instructional personnel are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.
Reporting Misconduct by Administrators and Instructional Personnel
All administrators and employees have an obligation to report misconduct by school administrators and instructional personnel which affects the safety, health, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include drug and alcohol use, obscene language, disparaging comments, sexual innuendo, prejudice or bigotry, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to Julie Poucher Taylor at Alane Academy.
Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to the office of Alane Academy.
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 school administrators and instructional personnel which affects the safety, health, or welfare of a student are posted in the office of Alane Academy.
Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment, or Neglect
All agents and employees 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, or other injuries; broken bones; or burns. The child may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or 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 sitting or walking, itching or pain in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. The child may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a certain person, seen depressed or withdrawn, lose or gain 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 hungry or tired, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.
Patterns of Abuse
Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. A single sign may not be significant, but a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.
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 abandonment, child abuse, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason 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 employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)