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Viewing Policy: SP 4119.21 Professional Standards





The County Superintendent expects Department employees to maintain the highest ethical standards, behave professionally, follow district policies and regulations, abide by state and federal laws, and exercise good judgment when interacting with students and other members of the school community. Employees shall engage in conduct that enhances the integrity of the Department, advances the goals of the Department’s educational programs, and contributes to a positive school climate.


The County Superintendent expects Department employees to accept as guiding principles the professional standards and codes of ethics adopted by educational or professional associations to which they may belong.


Each employee is expected to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill his/her responsibilities and to contribute to the learning and achievement of district students.


Inappropriate Conduct


Examples of what the Department considers inappropriate employee conduct includes, but is not limited to:


  1. Engaging in any conduct that endangers students, staff, or others, including, but not limited to, physical violence, threats of violence, or possession of a firearm or other weapon


  1. Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior towards students, parents/guardians, staff, or community members, or failing or refusing to intervene when an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against a student is observed


  1. Physically abusing, sexually abusing, neglecting, or otherwise willfully harming or injuring a child


  1. Engaging in inappropriate socialization or fraternization with a student or soliciting, encouraging, or maintaining an inappropriate written, verbal, or physical relationship with a student


  1. Possessing or viewing any pornography on school grounds, or possessing or viewing child pornography or other imagery portraying children in a sexualized manner at any time


  1. Using profane, obscene, or abusive language against students, parents/guardians, staff, or community members



  1. Using tobacco, alcohol, or an illegal or unauthorized substance, or possessing or distributing any controlled substance on Department property or at a school-sponsored activity


  1. Falsifying information in employment records or other Department or school records


  1. Divulging confidential information about students, Department employees, or Department operations to persons or entities not authorized to receive the confidential information


  1. Using Department equipment or other Department resources for the employee’s own commercial purposes or for political activities


  1. Willfully causing damage to or engaging in theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the Department


Report of Inappropriate Conduct by Employees


Any employee who is found to have engaged in inappropriate conduct in violation of law or Department policy shall be subject to disciplinary action and, in the case of a certificated employee, may be subject to a report to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The Superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement as appropriate.


The Department prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint against an employee or reports an employee’s inappropriate conduct. Any employee who retaliates against any such complainant, reporter, or other participant in the Department’s complaint process shall following appropriate procedures, be subject to discipline.


Any section(s) of the Department’s employee code of conduct addressing interactions with students shall be provided to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year and shall be posted on school and/or Department web sites. (Education Code 44050)


Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE: 200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination; 44050 Employee code of conduct; interaction with students; 44242.5 Reports and review of alleged misconduct; 48980 Parental notifications

PENAL CODE: 11164-11174.4 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5: 80303 Reports of dismissal, resignation and other terminations for alleged misconduct; 80331-80338 Rules of conduct for professional educators

Management Resources:


COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING PUBLICATIONS: California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, February 2014; California Standards for the Teaching Profession, 2009

COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS PUBLICATIONS: Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, 2015

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS: Code of Ethics of the Education Profession, 1975

WESTED PUBLICATIONS: Moving Leadership Standards into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, 2003



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California Teachers Association: ; Commission on Teacher Credentialing: