Policies Establishing Standards of Ethical Conduct or Instructional Personnel and School Administrators
The Montessori of Celebration follows the general policies and guidelines establishing standards of ethical conduct for Florida Educators as outlined in the website of the office of Professional Practices of the Florida Department of Education. The following items are in addition to the above stated code of ethics:
Regarding employee or administrator misconduct that affects the health, or welfare of the student:
Duty to Report:
All Employees are required to report, immediately, any misconduct on the part of employees and or administrators that affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. F.S.39.201 requires that any person, including but not limited to, school teacher or other school official or Personnel who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected shall report such knowledge to the Department of Children and Families. Each report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect pursuant to this section shall be made to the abuse hotline (1-800-96-ABUSE.)
Procedures for Reporting:
You must call the Department of Children and Families abuse hotline (1-800-96-ABUSE; 1-800-962-2863). Upon the conclusion of the call, the DCF representative will provide you their name and a case number. Write down both of these pieces of information. You will need to share them with the school administrator, in the case of reporting misconduct by instructional personnel. In the case of reporting misconduct by the Administration, DCF will instruct you on how to proceed.
You may also contact the Florida Department of Education/Office of Professional Practices Services to report this type of misconduct. Please see the attached reporting forms and the brochure title, “Identifying and Reporting Professional Misconduct” for more information.
Person(s) to contact at the school:
Upon completing the appropriate call(s), you must inform the administrator and the office manager of the incident and all pertinent information provided by DCF.
Explanation of the employee liability protection:
F.S. 768.095 Employer immunity from liability; disclosure of information regarding former or current employees. 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 chapter 760.
F.S.39.203 requires that any person, including but not limited to, school teacher or other school official or Personnel who knows or has reason pause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected shall report such knowledge to the Department of Children and Families. Report of known or suspected child abuse neglect pursuant to this section shall be made to the abuse hotline (1-800-96-ABUSE.)
Training in this matter is provided for all employees, on-site, upon hiring.
The MAC prohibits confidentiality agreements with instructional Personnel or School administrators who are dismissed, terminated, or resign in lieu of termination due to misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.