Principles of Professional Conduct
The professional conduct of every educator affects attitudes about the teaching profession and Catholic education. Aware of the importance of maintaining the confidence of student, parents, colleagues, and the Church community, Catholic school educators strive to sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.
Commitment to Students
Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded. Through education the Church seeks to prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action. Since the Christian vocation is a call to transform oneself and the society with God’s help, the educational efforts of the Church must encompass the twin purposes of personal sanctification and social reform in light of Christian values. (To Teach as Jesus Did)
Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to Miss Debbie Armstrong, Principal, or Mrs. Sue Sandelier, Assistant to the Principal.
Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to the Pastor, St. Jude Church – 561-392-8172 or to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Palm Beach – 561-775-9545.
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 reporting online at: http://www.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 A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or may run away, shy away from physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.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A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact, or run away from home.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.
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 employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former of 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 their former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)
Commitment to the Ministry of Teaching
Education is one of the most important ways by which the Church fulfills its commitment to the dignity of the person and the building of community. Community is central to educational ministry both as a necessary condition and an ardently desired goal. The educational efforts of the Church must therefore be directed to forming persons-in-community; for the education of the individual Christian is important not only to his solitary destiny but also to the destinies of the many communities in which he lives. (To Teach as Jesus Did)
Commitment to the Community
The success of the Church’s educational mission will also be judged by how well it helps the Catholic community to see the dignity of human life with the vision of Jesus and involve itself in the search for solutions to the pressing problems of society. Christians are obliged to seek justice and peace in the world. Catholics individually and collectively should join wherever possible with all persons of good will in the effort to solve problems in ways which constantly reflect Gospel values. (To Teach as Jesus Did)
The Catholic school educator believes the Catholic school community both an agent of appropriate change and a preserver of basic tradition. Therefore, the Catholic school educator –
- regards the school community as an integral part of the parish, and a vital force for preparing future Church and civic leaders.
- develops peacemaking strategies that reflect Christian problem-solving techniques.
- challenges students to respond to the needs of the time and live out their Christian virtues.
- designs and develops age-appropriate activities that foster leadership within the school community.
“By virtue of their leadership capacity, teachers are traditionally held to a high moral standard in a community.”