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Misconduct

Florida Statues & Rules

Florida Statutes s. 1006.061 states all employees and agents of the district school board, charter schools, and private schools that accept scholarship students have an obligation to report misconduct by an instructional personnel member or school administrator.

Florida Statutes s. 1012.33 outlines disciplinary procedures regarding district employment contracts with instructional personnel staff, supervisors and school principals.
Florida Statutes s. 1012.795 provides the Education Practices Commission the authority to issue disciplinary action against an individual’s Florida Educator certificate.

Florida Statutes s. 1012.796 provides authority for the Department of Education to investigate and prosecute allegations of educator misconduct.
Florida Statute s. 1012.01 defines public school instructional personnel, administrative personnel, school volunteers, education support employees, and managers.
State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.001 defines the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida.
State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006 defines the Principals of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida.

HOW TO REPORT MISCONDUCT

  • Report allegations or suspicion of misconduct by an instructional personnel member to your school administrator
  • Report allegations or suspicion of misconduct by your school administrator to your district contact
  • Document the activities or details of the event
  • Document the activities or details of the event Secure evidence (if applicable)

If someone tells you about misconduct, be a LEADER:

  • Listen
  • Evaluate
  • Act Immediately
  • Document
  • Encourage
  • Report

WHO SHOULD REPORT MISCONDUCT?

All employees and agents of a district school board, charter school, or private school have a duty to report misconduct.

If you are aware of or observe misconduct, REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY!

WHOM SHOULD YOU REPORT

  • Classroom teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Substitute teachers
  • Librarians, guidance counselors, and social workers
  • Career specialists and school psychologists
  • Principals, Assistant Principals, and Deans

FAILURE TO REPORT MISCONDUCT

Possible penalties for instructional personnel or site administrators who fail to report misconduct may include:

  • Written reprimand
  • Suspension with or without pay
  • Termination of employment
  • Discipline/sanctions on an educator’s certificate

The following behavior may be indicative of misconduct that should be reported:

  • being alone with a student in a dark or closed room or secluded area
  • behaving in an overly friendly or familiar way or failing to maintain an appropriate professional boundary with a student
  • using forceful or unnecessary physical contact with a student
  • administering discipline not compliant with school policy

REPORT PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT TO:

Learning Forward Education Center / STREAM Academy
Nicole Green
321-430-4403
nicole.green@lfecenter.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Florida Department of Education
Office of Professional Practices Services
Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-245-0438

www.myfloridaateacher.com

More Questions? Please call 321-430-4403