HAMILTON-WENHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
STAFF ETHICS / CONFLICT OF INTEREST
All employees of the District are expected to act in the best interests of the district, avoiding any situation that could involve a conflict between personal interest and those of the district. All employees of the district, as required by Commonwealth law, will complete an online ethics and conflict of interest training within 30 days of the date on which they commence employment, and every 2 years thereafter. Employees must provide evidence to the School Committee that they have completed the program and should be reminded to retain a copy of their completion certificate for their own records.
The School Committee expects members of its professional staff to be familiar with the code of ethics that applies to their profession and to adhere to it in their relationships with students, parents, coworkers, and officials of the school system.
No employee of the District will engage in or have a financial interest in, directly or indirectly, any activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with his or her duties and responsibilities in the school system. Nor will any staff member engage in any type of private business during school time or on school property.
Employees will not engage in work of any type where information concerning customer, client, or employer originates from any information available to them through school sources.
Moreover, as there should be no conflict of interest in the supervision and evaluation of employees, at no time may any administrator responsible for the supervision and/or evaluation of an employee be directly related to him or her.
In order to avoid the appearance of any possible conflict, it is the policy of the School Committee that when an immediate family member, as defined in the Conflict of Interest statute, of a School Committee member or district administrator is to be hired into or promoted within the School District, the Superintendent shall file public notice with the School Committee and the Town or District Clerk.
LEGAL REFS: MGL 286A
Adopted: May 16, 2013
Reviewed: February 4, 2016