Board Policies

Adoption Date: Mar 19, 2013
Policy 3213 and 4213 Administrative Guidelines on Appropriate Behavior and Boundaries with Children
  • Avoid being completely alone with a single child, particularly in a place that is not commonly viewed as a normal meeting area. This includes trips in vehicles. Such trips must include either more than one adult, or more than one child. This does not mean that you can't take a child aside for a brief confidential discussion about their behavior or some matter that they have asked to discuss with you. It does mean that such a meeting should ideally take place in full view of other people, if even from a distance or in the presence of a second adult.
  • If you are tutoring a child, providing a private lesson or providing academic guidance, the door should remain open.
  • Use good judgment about physical closeness. Avoid contact that may be misinterpreted. This does not mean that you can't give a child a pat on the back or touch their arm to get their attention. However you should not touch a child against his or her will or engage in highly physical contact, such as picking them up, giving them back rubs, tickling, roughhousing, or using physical means to move a child.
  • Use good judgment about bathroom trips. Do not go into the stall with a child. It is best to bring more than one child at a time to the bathroom, but if that is not possible, maintain an appropriate distance from the stall.
  • Written, verbal and electronic information concerning a student is to be held in strict confidence by all employees, and is considered confidential in nature. The obligation of confidentiality must be carefully fulfilled not only regarding the information on the student’s records but also regarding confidential matters learned in the exercise of daily operation and job duties. Under no circumstances should this information be discussed with anyone unless authorization is obtained. Moreover, the records must be duly safeguarded against inspection by those who have no right to see them. Do not discuss such information with other employees unless it is necessary for the educational benefit and/or safety of the student. When such exchange of information is necessary, conversations should be held in privacy.  Any requests for information from the media should be referred to administration or other authorized district spokesperson. Do not disclose or respond to questions involving relationships or sexual orientation. Use discretion and consider the age of the child when discussing personal issues.  
  • Use words with care. Never berate, intimidate, harass, or belittle a child. Giving praise is appropriate but use discretion when complimenting children. Do not get too personal. Be constantly aware of your responsibilities and position as a role model.
  • Do not take pictures of children for personal use. If you have or are provided with pictures of children in your charge, do not distribute them on social networking sites.
  • Do not "friend" children or approach them on social networks.
  • If you are ever unsure about what is appropriate, seek advice from a supervisor or director.
  • "Child Abuse" is defined as inflicting or allowing to be inflicted upon such child physical injury by other than accidental means that causes or creates a substantial risk of death, serious or protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of physical or emotional health, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ (This includes abuse that can be characterized as sexual in nature). "Child Neglect" is defined as a child whose physical, mental or emotional condition has been impaired or is in imminent danger of becoming impaired as a result of the failure of his or her parent or other person legally responsible for his or her care to exercise a minimum degree of care.  If you suspect or have reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, or if a child confides that they have been abused or neglected, you must report it immediately to DCS Hotline 1-800-800-5556.
Violations of This Policy
Individuals who violate this policy could be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Outside vendors that violate this policy could be subject to action up to and including removal from the campus and termination of the contract.
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