5006 Unprofessional Conduct of Staff
The School Board recognizes its responsibility to protect students, staff, parents/ guardians, and volunteers from physical and/or emotional harm at school and at school-sponsored events.
A. Certificated Staff
Pursuant to state law, certificated staff are required to exhibit “good moral character and personal fitness” as they teach, supervise students, or interact with others and are prohibited from engaging in unprofessional conduct. “Good moral character and personal fitness” is defined in WAC 181-86-013. Unprofessional conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Certificated staff may be disciplined for engaging in unprofessional conduct according to Policy Nos. 5280 and 5281.
When the Superintendent or his or her designee possesses sufficiently reliable information to believe that a certificated employee is not of “good moral character and personal fitness” or has committed an act of unprofessional conduct, within a reasonable period of time of making such determination, a written complaint shall be filed with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
If the District is considering action to discharge a certificated staff member, the Superintendent or his or her designee need not file such complaint until ten calendar days after making the final decision to serve or not serve formal notice of discharge. Such a written complaint shall state the grounds for revocation and summarize the factual basis upon which a determination has been made that an investigation by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is warranted.
B. Classified Staff
Although classified employees are not governed by the same state regulations applicable to certificated staff, the District prohibits classified staff from engaging in acts of unprofessional conduct, including but not limited to:
Classified staff may be disciplined for acts of unprofessional conduct according to Policy Nos. 5280 and 5281.