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Annual employee orientation 2012 2013

  1. 1. Our Mission100% College and Career Readiness 1
  2. 2. We believe that … Everyone is unique and has value. Learning is a life-long process. All people can learn. Cooperation is essential for effective relationships. Education is everyone’s responsibility. People are responsible to each other. The family is the foundation of society. All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Through a partnership of family, community and school, we control the conditions of student success. 2
  3. 3. LEARNER STANDARDS Learners will work cooperatively. Students will be lifelong learners. Learners will be able to use critical thinking skills. Learners will be problem solvers. Learners will recognize the value and uniqueness of themselves and others. Learners will develop career goals and plans for achieving their goals. Learners will feel confident in taking risks and making choices. 3
  4. 4. CODE OF ETHICS ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION Standards of Professional Conduct Believes in the worth and dignity of each human being; Recognizes the importance of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nature of democratic principles; Protection of the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunities for all; Strive to maintain the respect and confidence of colleagues, students, parents, and guardians, and the community, and to serve as appropriate role models; Exemplify a commitment to the teaching and learning process with accountability to the students, maintain professional growth, exercise professional judgment, and personify integrity. 4
  5. 5. CODE OF ETHICS ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION Principle I – Commitment to the Studento Help each student realize his/her potential as a worth and affective member of society.o Work to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and thoughtful formulation of worthy goals. 5
  6. 6. CODE OF ETHICS ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION To fulfill this commitment to the student, the employee :1. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety;2. Shall not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement;3. Shall not unreasonably deny the student to varying points of view;4. Shall not use professional relationships with students for private advantage;5. Shall not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service 6
  7. 7. CODE OF ETHICS ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION Principle II – Commitment to the Professiono You are vested by the public with the trust and responsibility requiring the highest ideals of professional service.o You directly influence the nation and its citizens.o Your conduct should be worthy of trust to attract others to such a career and to assist in preventing the practice of the profession by unqualified by unqualified 7
  8. 8. CODE OF ETHICS ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION To fulfill this commitment the employee….1. Shall not misrepresent his/her professional qualifications;2. Shall not disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service;3. Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague;4. Shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or actions;5. Shall not assist entry into employment persons know to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attributes. 8
  9. 9. STAFF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Board Policy - GAMStaff members will be accorded all rights including dueprocess of law as guaranteed by state and federal lawsand constitutions.All staff members have a responsibility to makethemselves familiar with and abide by federal and statelaws as these affect their work and the regulationsdesigned to implement them.The same requirement applies to the policies of theBoard of Trustees and related administrative rules andprocedures. 9
  10. 10. STAFF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Board Policy - GAMSpecific responsibilities which the district requires of all personnel is: Faithfulness and promptness in attendance at work Support and enforcement of policies of the board and administrative rules and procedures in regard to students Diligence in submitting required reports promptly at the times specified Care and protection of school property Attendance at school functions in accordance with expectations of the district Concern and attention toward their own and the board’s legal responsibility for the safety and welfare of students, including the need to ensure that students are under supervision at all times. 10
  11. 11. CONFLICT OF INTEREST Board Policies – DJE, DJEI, GAIA Employee HandbookThe Board of Trustees recognizes that all business transactions which the school system engages in must be within the law and also must reflect generally accepted fair trade practices.Employees must refrain from engaging in inappropriate business-related behavior such as: Engage in selling goods or services to the board; Engage in or have a financial interest in activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with duties/responsibilities in the school system; Engage in any type of private business during the employee’s school day or at school site; Engage in work of any type where the source of information for a customer, client, or employer originates from school system data; Accepts gifts from any person/groups desiring or doing business with the school system 11
  12. 12. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Board Policy – JDA Employee HandbookCorporal punishment is defined as physical contact and is distinguished from a reprimand, a suspension, or an expulsion.The Board of Trustees believes that a well-disciplined school can be maintained without the use of corporal punishment and force.THEREFORE, BOARD POLICY PROHIBITS THE USE OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT BY PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, AND SUBSTITTES, ANY OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEM PERSONNEL, STUDENT TEACHERS, OR VOLUNTEERS.Furthermore, system employees will not permit the use of corporal punishment on district property by others in an effort to exercise discipline to a child and/or student. 12
  13. 13. Employee Dress Code All faculty and employees of Florence County School District Three serve as role models for the students with whom they work and as leaders in the community. Consistent with these roles, all faculty and employees shall dress in a manner and have an appearance that is appropriate and professional in light of the environment in which they work, the duties of their jobs, and the impressionable youth they serve. Supervisors and school level administrators are authorized to interpret this policy and their interpretations shall be given deference.  Teachers and administrators should adhere to a professional dress code in the school. Such a code means that clothing that common sense dictates is not appropriate for a classroom, business office, or parent’s meeting should not be worn. For example, teachers should not wear flip-flops, sneakers, jeans, spandex, shorts, oversized T-shirts, see through clothing, low-cut blouses, or sweat suits. But teachers may wear neat jeans, sneakers, and sweat suits when appropriate for activities such as field trips, physical education classes, or art classes.(Reference: Board of Trustees Policy GAMC-R) 13
  14. 14. DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE WORKPLACE Board Policy – GAMB Employee HandbookDue to the commitment to a drug and alcohol free workplace, itis the policy of the Florence County School District Three thatthe work environment shall be free of the presence of alcoholicbeverages or unlawful controlled substances and thatemployees shall perform their job assignments safely,efficiently, and without the adverse influence of alcohol orcontrolled substances.This policy shall govern each employee (1) during school hours,(2) while on any property owned or leased by the Board, (3) atany time during which the employee is acting in the course andscope of his/her employment with the Board, and/or (4) at anyother time that the employee’s violation of this policy has adirect and adverse effect upon the performance of his/her job. 14
  15. 15. DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE WORKPLACE Board Policy – GAMB Employee Handbook The school system prohibits the following: No employee will unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use any drug on or in the workplace. “Drug” means any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any controlled substance as defined by the act and regulation of federal or state law. No employee shall be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at school or at school-sponsored activity. As a condition of employment, each employee will notify his/her supervisor of his/her conviction (or plea of guilty, no contest, or “nolo contendere”) of any criminal drug or alcohol statute no later than five days after any such conviction or plea. Employees who are required to drive any school-owned or school-leased vehicle during the performance of their duties shall be tested for specific substances in the following instances: pre-employment; reasonable cause situations; randomly; post- accident; and re-certification. As a condition of employment, each employee must abide by the terms of the school district respecting a drug-free workplace. 15
  16. 16. EMERGENCY CLOSINGS Employee HandbookTelevision and radio stations will be notified, when necessary, early on themornings(s) of hazardous conditions. When school is canceled for the day(s), due tohazardous conditions, the canceled day(s) will be rescheduled in the school calendarusing existing weather days. Emergency closings exceeding these allotted weatherdays will be made up at the direction of the Superintendent with approval of the Boardof Trustees.In case of school cancellation, delayed opening and/or early dismissal of school due toemergency and/or hazardous conditions, the official closing notice will be put on thedistrict’s information line and will also be placed on local media. Announcements willbe made on the following television and radio stations: T.V. Stations Radio Stations WBTW TV-13 WMHK Columbia 89.7 FM WPDE TV-15 WHLZ Florence 92.5 FM WMBF TV-10 WCMG Florence 94.3 FM WWKT/WDKD Kingstree 98.3 FM WBZF Florence 98.5 FM WWFN Florence 100.1 FM WFSF Florence 100.5 FM WMXT Florence 102.1 FM WJMX Florence 103.3 FM WPDT Florence 105.1 FM WYNN Florence 106.3 FM 16
  17. 17. IDENTIFICATION BADGES Employee Handbook All employees are expected to visibly display the approved Florence County School District Three identification badge while on acting in the course and scope of his/her employment with the Board. Identification badges will be provided by the school district upon employment and remain the property of the Florence District Three. Persons who leave employment with Florence District Three are required to turn in their ID badge to their immediate supervisor. Replacement of lost badges shall be made at the employee’s expense, and can be obtained by calling the Public Relations Office at 374-8652. The Florence County Schools currently extends the courtesy of free admission to most middle and high school athletic events upon presentation of the identification badge or other picture ID with employee sports/events pass. This admission is for the employee only and does not admit anyone else accompanying the employee. 17
  18. 18. NON-SCHOOL/DISTRICT EMPLOYMENT Board Policy – GBRG Employee HandbookFlorence County School District Three considers teaching and/or assigned duties in the district to be full-time employment. Any outside work by staff members will be the concern of, and warrant the attention of the board only as it may directly prevent the member from properly performing his assigned functions during duty hours or be prejudicial to his effectiveness in his professional position.Employees shall not at any time engage in any employment that would interfere with their effectiveness in performing their regularly assigned duties; would compromise or embarrass the school district; would adversely affect their employment status or professional standing; or would in any way conflict with assigned duties. 18
  19. 19. Tutoring School district buildings, facilities or equipment will not be used by district employees for tutoring or other private instruction for which the individual receives reimbursement without the approval of the Superintendent. In no case shall a teacher tutor for pay any child that may be in his/her class or upon whose evaluation or assignment they will be called upon to pass. 19
  20. 20. Cell Phone Use by StaffFlorence District Three believes that the use of communication devices by staff during instructional time and while in the performance of assigned duty may have an adverse effect on classroom instruction and professional conduct as an employee of the district. Therefore, staff may not use cellular phone, electronic pagers or any other communication devices within the school building during school hours and/or assigned duty as a representative of the district unless specifically designated by the building supervisor. 20
  21. 21. REPORTING ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF LAW OR ORDINANCE Employee HandbookAs employees of the Florence County School District Three, all staff members areexpected to observe and obey all laws and ordinances, in addition to all policies andprocedures of our Board of Trustees.Any employee charged with or arrested for any violation(s) of a criminal,or serious traffic vehicular law (such as, vehicular homicide, hit and run,or any such law classified as a felony or for which a conviction couldlead to incarceration) or ordinance, must report such fact in writing tothe administrator in charge of the department, office, or school to whichthe employee is assigned no later than five days after such conviction.In cases involving employee hospitalization and/or incarceration (jail) involving thestated violation, the employee shall report the alleged violation within 24 hours afterhis/her release. Such report shall include all pertinent facts concerning the allegedviolation(s). Failure to truthfully report charges, as noted above, may subject theemployee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.It is the employees responsibility to keep his/her appropriate administrator apprisedof the judicial process in the matter. Upon judicial action in the matter, the employeemust report the disposition and pertinent facts, in writing, to the administrator no laterthan the next scheduled business day following adjudication. 21
  22. 22. SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STAFF Board Policy – GAAA, GAAA-R Employee HandbookFlorence County School District Three believes that all employees are entitled to work in school related environments that are free of harassment of any type.Anyone who believes he or she has been sexually harassed should report the incident (s) to his or her immediate supervisor or to the Director of Human Resources or the Superintendent.Where members of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent, or any senior staff members are involved, the employee should report such acts to the Board attorney. An immediate investigation of the claims will take place and upon evidence of sexual harassment, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. 22
  23. 23. SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS Board Policy – JGI, JGI-R Employee HandbookThe employees in Florence County School District Three are expected to provide learning environments for students which are free of sexual harassment.Any student who believes that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment by any employee (s) of the Florence District Three Schools and any student or employee who has knowledge of sexual harassment or inappropriate staff-student relations should report the facts of the incident (s) and the name (s) of all the individual (s) involved in any material way immediately to the student’s principal or to the supervisor of the person reporting the incident. There will be an immediate investigation of the incident.Florence District Three strictly prohibits any employees from becoming engaged in a romantic or sexual relationship with any student enrolled in the Florence District Three Schools regardless of the age of the student. Consent to by the student to such a relationship is not a defense. 23
  24. 24. SEXUAL HARASSMENT DEFINED Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature The conduct merits harassment when it is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects the ability of the student or school personnel to participate in or benefit from the educational program or activity of the work environment and/or creates an intimating, threatening or abusive environment. Behavior for the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance constitutes harassment. 24
  25. 25. SEXUAL HARASSMENT DEFINEDSexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: • Sexual advances; • Verbal harassment or abuse; • Subtle pressure for sexual activity; • Touching of a sexual nature, including inappropriate patting or pinching; • Intentional brushing against a student or employee’s body; • Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s employment or educational status; • Demanding sexual favors, especially when accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s employment or educational status; • Graffiti of a sexual nature; • Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures or other written materials, including making and playing sexually explicit audio/video tapes; • Sexual gestures, including touching oneself sexually or talking about one’s sexual activities in front of others; • Sexual or “dirty” jokes; or • Spreading rumors about or rating other students as to sexual activity 25 or performance.
  26. 26. USE OF ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION CAPABILITIES Board Policy – JNDB, JNDB-R Employee Handbook Florence County School District Three’s e-mail and Internet capabilities have been established for the purpose of creating an educational network to support research and education in and among academic institutions by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. All uses of electronic transmission capabilities must support the goals and educational philosophy of the school district. Transmissions of any material in violation of any Federal or State laws or regulation is prohibited; this includes, but is not limited , copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Employees should be aware that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to their use of, and transmission of information over, district-owned computers and computer networks. The school district reserves the right to monitor such use and transmission and to take appropriate disciplinary action if it can be reasonably determined that an employee has violated acceptable use standards. 26
  27. 27. PERSONNEL FILES Board Policy – GAK Employee Handbook General Access to a Personnel FileAny employee may view the contents of their personnel file upon written request with an appointment with the Office of Human Resources. Personnel files may not be removed from the district office. Employees shall not be permitted to remove any material contained in their personnel file.Access to a personnel file may be permitted to the following persons without consent of the employee about whom the file is maintained: Those school officials involved in the evaluation process of the individual; The Board of Trustees when in session if its examination of the file relates to the duties and responsibilities of the board.No other person may have access to a personnel except under the following circumstances: When an employee gives written consent to release of his/her records. Such written consent must meet the following:  Specify to whom the records are to be examined and to whom they are to be released;  Each request must be handled separately;  Blanket permission for release of information shall not be accepted. 27  When lawfully subpoenaed or under court order.
  28. 28. SICK LEAVE Board Policy - GAR Employee Handbook An employee may use personal sick leave for illness of the individual from natural causes or accident. An employee may use family sick leave for absences caused for illness of an immediate family member. The total number of days may not exceed 12 days for the use of sick leave days for illness of immediate family members. Additional use of sick leave for family illness may be granted at the discretion of the superintendent. The term “immediate family” includes the following: employee’s spouse, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, mother/father-in-law, daughter/son-in-law, and step- children/mother/father/siblings. Additional individuals under the immediate care of the employee may be approved for family sick leave at the discretion of the superintendent. A principal or supervisor can request a doctor’s statement for sick leave at any time . It is required for absences of more than 5 days. A leave of absence form must be completed for every sick leave period. 28
  29. 29. PERSONAL LEAVE Board Policy GAR Employee HandbookTwo (2) days of sick leave per year may be designated as personal leave for use by employees for individual business for employees on a minimum of a 190-day contract but not equal to a 220-day contract.A total of five days of personal days may be accumulated. Employees may take no more than two personal days at a time . Any days used for personal reasons in excess of that as entitled by policy must have prior approval of the supervisor/principal and superintendent or will be without pay.A request may be submitted to the superintendent to substitute unused sick days for use a personal day upon prior approval of building /work unit supervisor.A leave of absence form must be completed for every personal leave period. 29
  30. 30. BEREAVEMENT LEAVE Board Policy – GAR Employee HandbookThree (3) days of leave are granted for bereavement in the immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling) related by birth or marriage.These days do not come from sick leave allocation.Bereavement for extended family members (grandparent, grandchild, uncle/aunt, niece/nephew) related by birth or marriage may be granted from accrued sick leave with supervisory approval. 30
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