Ethics in Education
As a school that participates in Florida Department of Education School Choice Scholarship program, and pursuant to the requirements set forth in the 2008 Ethics in Education Act, please be advised that Grace Baptist Academy operates under the following guidelines and laws.
ETHICS IN EDUCATION ACT
Senate Bill 1712 (Chapter Law 2008-108), the Ethics in Education Act, became effective July 1, 2008, and impacts certain operational procedures for private schools participating in the McKay and Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Programs.
The Act amends Section 1002.421, Florida Statutes, related to participating private school accountability, by adding new requirements to the employee screening process. All instructional personnel and school administrators in a position that requires direct contact with students are subject to the new screening standards.
The private school accountability statute has also been amended to require private schools to develop standards of ethical conduct for the school's instructional personnel and administrators. Instructional personnel and school administrators are defined by Sections 1012.01(2) and(3), Florida Statutes.
Finally, the Act amends Section 1006.061, Florida Statutes, related to the state's child abuse, abandonment, and neglect policy. Private and charter schools are now required to comply with these policies.
An explanation of the requirements, instructions for implementation, and links to additional resources have been provided for your convenience.
1. Grace Baptist Academy disqualifies from employment any instructional personnel or school administrator who is convicted of an act listed under Section 1012.315, Florida Statutes. [Level 2 VECHS fingerprinting (which includes FBI - national, and FDLE - state searches) is utilized to meet this standard.]
2. Grace Baptist Academy conducts an employment history check before employing instructional personnel/school administrators in any position that requires direct contact with students.
3. Grace Baptist Academy screens new instructional personnel/school administrators using the two employee screening tools developed by the Department of Education. New instructional personnel or school administrators are those individuals employed after the law became effective on July 1, 2008.
All Grace Baptist Academy administrators, teachers, and staff members have been fully screened and background checked pursuant to state law. In addition, as an added measure of safety and concern for our students, volunteers who are permitted to enter the campus during school hours are required to undergo the same FBI/FDLE (VECHS) background clearance as hired faculty and staff.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING AND EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT
1. Grace Baptist Academy prohibits confidentiality agreements with instructional personnel or school administrators who are dismissed, terminated, or resign in lieu of termination due to misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.
2. Grace Baptist Academy posts a notice at the school stating that all employees have a duty to report actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.
3. Grace Baptist Academy posts at our school site and on our website the policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators, which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.
All Grace Baptist Academy employees have been trained to recognize signs of child abuse, abandonment, and neglect, and have been advised as to their status as mandatory reporters. Please report any instance or suspected instance of employee misconduct to Alex Flores (305) 238-7332 ext. 222. The Florida Abise Hotline can be reached at 1-800-96-ABUSE.