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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, exhibit professional behavior, 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. Employee conduct should enhance the integrity of the district, advance the goals of the district's educational programs, and contribute to a positive school climate. Each employee should make a commitment to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill his/her responsibilities and should focus on his/her contribution 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. 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 shall include, but not be limited to, engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior; engaging in any conduct that endangers students, staff, or others; 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; using tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal or unauthorized substances, or possessing or distributing any controlled substance, while in the workplace or at a school-sponsored activity ; engaging in child abuse; dishonesty with students, parents/guardians, staff, or members of the public; divulging confidential information about students, district employees, or district operations to persons 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. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

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.

Legal Reference:


200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

44242.5 Reports and review of alleged misconduct


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 Standards for the Teaching Profession, 2009

California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, February 2014


Standards for School Leaders, 1996


Code of Ethics of the Education Profession, 1975



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