Standards of Ethical Conduct

1. Moultrie Montessori School values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of respect, kindness, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.

2. Our primary concern is the well-being of students and the development of each student’s potential. Employees will strive for professional and personal growth and will seek to exercise the best judgment and integrity.

3. Concern for the student requires that our personnel:

a. Make reasonable effort to protect student learning and mental and physical health and safety.

b. Encourage students’ independent action in pursuit of learning.

c. Respect diverse points of view.

d. Treat students with respect regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to protect each student from harassment or discrimination.

f. Guard students’ legal rights.

g. Keep personally identifiable information in confidence unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.

4. We expect all employees of our school to display the highest degree of ethical conduct by

maintaining honesty and respect in all professional dealings and working for the common good.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which 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 violaions, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to Jeannie Buskirk.

Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to Toni Wright.

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 which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the hall of the Toddler House and on our web site at www.moultriemontessori.com.

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/.

The spirit of the child should be filled with so much beauty and so much joy that he can draw on it for his entire life. Then he absolutely cannot fail. (Dagmar Schiffman)

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