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317.  CONDUCT/DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

1.        Authority

All administrative, professional and support employees are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with appropriate and orderly behavior. Effective operation of district schools requires the cooperation of all employees working together and complying with a system of Board policies, administrative regulations, rules and procedures, applied fairly and consistently.

        Title 22

        Sec. 235.10

        Pol. 824

The Board requires employees to maintain professional, moral and ethical relationships with students at all times.

        SC 510, 514

The Board directs that all district employees shall be informed of conduct that is required and is prohibited during work hours and the disciplinary actions that may be applied for violation of Board policies, administrative regulations, rules and procedures.

        SC 1121, 1122,                 1126, 1127,                 1128, 1129,                 1130

        2 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 551 et seq

When demotion or dismissal charges are filed against a certificated administrative or professional employee, a hearing shall be provided as required by applicable law. Noncertificated administrative and support employees may be entitled to a Local Agency Law hearing, at the employee’s request.

2.        Delegation of

        Responsibility

        SC 510

All district employees shall comply with state and federal laws and regulations, Board policies, administrative regulations, rules and procedures. District employees shall endeavor to maintain order, perform assigned job functions and carry out directives issued by supervisors.

When engaged in assigned duties, district employees shall not participate in activities that include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Physical or verbal abuse, or threat of harm, to anyone.

        Pol. 824

  1. Non-professional relationships with students.

  1. Causing intentional damage to district property, facilities or equipment.

  1. Forceful or unauthorized entry to or occupation of district facilities,

   buildings or grounds.

        Pol. 351

  1. Use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol, drugs or other illegal

   substances.

  1. Use of profane or abusive language.

        SC 1122

  1. Failure to comply with directives of district officials, security officers, or

   law enforcement officers.

  1. Carrying onto or possessing a weapon on school grounds without

   authorization from the appropriate school administrator.

        SC 1122

  1. Violation of Board policies, administrative regulations, rules or procedures.

        SC 1122

  1. Violation of federal, state, or applicable municipal laws or regulations.

  1. Conduct that may obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with teaching, research, service, operations, administrative or disciplinary functions of the district, or any activity sponsored or approved by the Board.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and disseminate disciplinary rules for violations of Board policies, administrative regulations, rules and procedures that provide progressive penalties, including but not limited to

  1. Verbal warning

  1. Written warning

  1. Reprimand

  1. Suspension

        SC 1151

  1. Demotion

        SC 1122

  1. Dismissal

  1. Pursuit of civil and criminal sanctions

Arrest Or Conviction Reporting Requirements

        SC 111

        24 P.S.

        Sec. 2070.9a

        23 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 6344.3

Employees shall use the designated form to report to the Superintendent or designee, within seventy-two (72) hours of the occurrence, an arrest or conviction required to be reported by law.

Employees shall also report to the Superintendent or designee, in writing, within seventy-two (72) hours of notification, that the employee has been named as a perpetrator in a founded or indicated report pursuant to the Child Protective Services Law.

        SC 111

        23 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 6344.3

        SC 111

        23 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 6344.3

An employee shall be required to submit new criminal history background checks if the Superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief that the employee was arrested or has been convicted of an offense required to be reported by law, and the employee has not notified the Superintendent or designee.

An employee shall be required immediately to submit a new child abuse history certification if the Superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief that the employee was named as a perpetrator in a founded or indicated report or has provided written notice of such occurrence.

Failure to accurately report such occurrences may subject the employee to disciplinary action up to and including termination and criminal prosecution.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 111, 510, 514, 1121, 1122, 1126, 1127, 1128, 1129,

        1130, 1151

State Board of Education Regulations, Code of Professional Practice and

        Conduct for Education – 22 PA Code Sec. 235.1 et seq.

Local Agency Law – 2 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 551 et seq.

Educator Discipline Act – 24 P.S. Sec. 2070.1a et seq.

Child Protective Services Law – 23 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 6301 et seq.

Board Policy – 351, 824

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