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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  4219.21  Personnel

Professional Standards   

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The Governing Board expects all district 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 district, advance the goals of the district's educational programs, and contribute to a positive school climate. 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.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4119.1/4219.1/4319.1 - Civil and Legal Rights)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

The Board encourages district employees to accept as guiding principles the professional standards and codes of ethics adopted by educational or professional associations to which they may belong.

Staff Conduct with Students

The Board expects all employees to exercise good judgment and maintain professional standards and boundaries when interacting with students both on and off school property. Inappropriate employee conduct includes, but is not limited to, engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior towards students, parents/guardians, staff, or community members, or failing to or refusing to intervene when an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against a student is observed; physically abusing, sexually abusing, neglecting, or otherwise willfully harming or injuring a child; 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, engaging in inappropriate socialization or fraternization with a student; soliciting, encouraging, or establishing an inappropriate written, verbal, or physical relationship with a student; 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; using profane, obscene, or abusive language against students, parents/guardians, staff, or community members; willfully disrupting district or school operations by loud or unreasonable noise or action; using tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal or unauthorized substances, or possessing or distributing any controlled substance, while in the workplace on district property, or at a school-sponsored activity ; engaging in child abuse; being dishonest with students, parents/guardians, staff, or members of the public, including, but not limited to, falsifying information in employment records or other school records; divulging confidential information about students, district employees, or district operations to persons or entities not authorized to receive the information; using district equipment or other district resources for the employee's own commercial purposes or for political activities; using district equipment or communications devices for personal purposes while on duty, except in an emergency, during scheduled work breaks, or for personal necessity; causing damage to or engaging in theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the district; wearing inappropriate attire.

(cf. 3515.2 Disruptions)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

(cf. 4020 - Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace)

(cf. 4112.41/4212.41/4312.41 - Employee Drug Testing)

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)

An employee who observes or has evidence of inappropriate conduct between another employee and a student shall immediately report such conduct to the principal or Superintendent or designee. An employee who has knowledge of or suspects child abuse shall file a report pursuant to the district's child abuse reporting procedures as detailed in AR 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

Any reports of employee misconduct shall be promptly investigated. Any employee who is found to have engaged in inappropriate conduct in violation of the law or this 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.

(cf. 4118- Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

An employee who has knowledge of but fails to report inappropriate employee conduct may also be subject to discipline.

The district 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 district's complaint process shall be subject to discipline.


The section(s) of the district'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 district web sites. (Education Code 44050)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Legal Reference:


200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

44050 Employee code of conduct; interaction with students

44242.5 Reports and review of alleged misconduct

48980 Parental notifications


11164-11174.4 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act


80303 Reports of dismissal, resignation and other terminations for alleged misconduct

80331-80338 Rules of conduct for professional educators

Management Resources:

California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, February 2014

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, 2009


Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, 2015


Code of Ethics of the Education Profession, 1975


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



Association of California School Administrators:

California Department of Education:

California Federation of Teachers:

California School Employees Association:

California Teachers Association:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

Council of Chief State School Officers:



adopted: August 10, 2010 Escondido, California

revised: February 9, 2016

revised: May 15, 2018