Report Professional Misconduct
Reporting Child Abuse
Standards of Ethical Conduct
The Reading Clinic
(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)
- Our school values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship, Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
- Our primary concern is the student and the development of the student’s potential. Employees will therefore stive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgement and integrity.
- Concern for the student requires that our instructional personnel:
- Shall make reasonable efforts to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the students mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
- Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
- Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view,
- Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student’s academic program.
- Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
- Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student’s legal rights.
- Shall not harass or discriminate against any students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination,
- Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage
- Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
- Aware if the importance of maintaining the respect of confidence of colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the community, employees of our school must display the highest degree of ethical conduct. This commitment requires that our employees:
- Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
- Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.
- Shall not interfere with a colleague’s exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.
- 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 harassment or discrimination.
- Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
Training Requirement All instructional personnel, educational support employees, and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.
Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators All employees, educational support 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 violation, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to:
Principal, Robin Poindexter
Address: 5832 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (352) 867-0027
Reports of misconduct committed by administration should be made to:
Title: The Reading Clinic Equity Manager, Cheree Conley
Address: 5832 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (352) 867-0027
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 on the bulletin board and on our website at www.thereadingclinicschool.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-ABUE or report online at: http://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. A child experiencing physical abuse 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 walking or sitting, pain or itching in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose 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 tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.
Patterns of Abuse Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.
Liability Protections 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 child abuse, abandonment, 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 employee who disclosed 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 F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095).
The Reading Clinic Attendance Policy
Florida School Law requires that all children attend school regularly and that attendance is the responsibility of the parents. This rule is in place in order to give students a consistent learning environment. Student tarries and absences in excess of 15 days per calendar year is noted as excessive/habitual. For those students with scholarships this attendance is required as part of the scholarship agreement and is reported as such.
Student absences and tardiness should be called in on the designated attendance line. Students out for more than a day require a doctor’s note to return to school. Absences will only be marked excused as indicated in the Marion County Schools Code of Conduct.
The Reading Clinic Administration reserves the right to change the attendance policy as needed.
The Reading Clinic Uniform Policy
All students are required to wear uniform bottoms in either khaki or navy. They can be short, skorts, skirt or pants and can be purchased from any store. Reading Clinic logo shirts are required and can be purchased online through Land’s End Business Department by referencing the Reading Clinic. Logos can also be administered on plain polo shirts in colors of your choice through one of the approved logo vendors. School spirit shirts can be worn on approved days and will be announced by administration.
We love celebrating birthdays! Please make sure to prearrange sending/dropping of items at school without prior approval. If you are planning a celebration with us, please remember we are a peanut free school. Also understand invites to parties should be all inclusive so be sure an address the entire class.
This is also a reminder about our Healthy Eating Habits which include healthy food options for our midday snack and in our lunches. Please refer to the Healthy Food Guide Pyramid for guidelines.