Colleton County School District Annual Employee Orientation 2015-2016

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Colleton County School District Annual Employee Orientation2015-2016Purpose of OrientationThe purpose of this Orientation is to provide employees of the Colleton County School District with information on essential policies from the School Board Policy Manual and procedures of the District. After the Orientation, please sign the acknowledgement form and return it to the trainer.

ORIENTATIONMission StatementThe mission of the Colleton County School District is to ensure that all students meet or exceed state standards in preparation to become college and career ready.MISSIONSTATEMENTBeliefs 1. All students can learn and can be motivated to do so.

2. The district, schools, parents and students are accountable for achievement goals.

3. Data must be reviewed to plan instruction and monitor progress

4. All students must be taught by highly qualified staff.

5. Staff development is important to improving instructional effectiveness.

6. Frequent instructional feedback will improve teaching.

7. Positive home-school relations and a climate of high expectations promote excellence.

8. All students deserve equal opportunities for a quality education in a safe environment.

9. All people are worthy of respect and can become productive citizens.Staff Rights and ResponsibilitiesBoard Policy - GAMStaff members will be afforded all rights including due process of law as guaranteed by state and federal laws and constitutions.

All staff members have a responsibility to make themselves familiar with and abide by federal and state laws as these affect their work and the regulations designed to implement them.

The same requirement applies to the policies of the Board of Trustees and related administrative rules and procedures.

Staff Rights and ResponsibilitiesBoard Policy - GAMSpecific responsibilities which the district requires of all personnel is:

Faithfulness and promptness in attendance at workSupport and enforcement of policies of the board and administrative rules and procedures in regard to studentsDiligence in submitting required reports promptly at the times specifiedCare and protection of school propertyAttendance at school functions in accordance with expectations of the districtConcern and attention toward their own and the boards legal responsibility for the safety and welfare of students, including the need to ensure that students are under supervision at all times.Conflict of InterestBoard Policy - GAGThe Board of Trustees recognizes that all business transactions which the school system engages in must be within the law and also must reflect generally accepted fair trade practices.

Staff members will not engage in any activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with their responsibilities in the district.

Employees must act in accordance with the Ethical Conduct of Public Officials and Employees Section 8-13-700, et seq. S.C. Code of Laws.

Employees must refrain from engaging in inappropriate business-related behavior such as:

Engage in selling goods or services to the board;Engage in or have a financial interest in activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with duties/responsibilities in the school system;Engage in any type of private business during the employees school day or at school site;Engage in work of any type where the source of information for a customer, client, or employer originates from school system data;Accepts gifts from any person/groups desiring or doing business with the school system7Staff ConductBoard Policy - GAMBAThe Board expects the staff of the District to strive to set the kind of example for students that will serve them well in their own conduct and behavior and subsequently contribute to an appropriate school atmosphere.

To that end, in dress, conduct, and interpersonal relationships, all staff should recognize that they are being continuously observed by students and that their actions and demeanor will be reflected in the conduct of the students.

The personal life of an employee will be the concern of and warrant the attention of the Board only as it may directly prevent the employee from effectively performing assigned functions during duty hours or as it violates local, state or federal law or contractual agreements.

Violations of this policy by employees will be grounds for immediate suspension and possible termination of employment.Reporting Alleged Violations of Law or OrdinanceAs employees of the Colleton County School District, all staff members are expected to observe and obey all laws and ordinances, in addition to all policies and procedures of our Board of Trustees.

Any employee charged with or arrested for any violation(s) of a criminal, or serious traffic vehicular law (such as, vehicular homicide, hit and run, or any such law classified as a felony or for which a conviction could lead to incarceration) or ordinance, must report such fact in writing to the administrator in charge of the department, office, or school to which the employee is assigned no later than five days after such conviction.

In cases, involving employee hospitalization and/or incarceration (jail) involving stated violation, the employee shall report the alleged violation within 24 hours after his/her release. Such report shall include all pertinent facts concerning the alleged violation(s). Failure to truthfully report charges, as noted above, may subject the employee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.Reporting Alleged Violations of Law or OrdinanceIt is the employees responsibility to keep his/her appropriate administrator apprised of the judicial process in the matter. Upon judicial action in the matter, the employee must report the disposition and pertinent facts, in writing, to the administrator no later than the next scheduled business day following adjudication.

Staff-Student RelationsBoard Policy - GAFThe basic concern of all employees of the Colleton County School District is the welfare of the students. The staff will guide each student in the growth towards maturity, to be socially and economically competent in the school, in the home, and the community. Members of the school staff are required to:

Deal kindly and justly with each student as an individual without prejudice or partiality.

Respect the confidence of the student. Information given in confidence should only be passed to authorized persons or agencies that are attempting to aid the student.

Respect the basic responsibilities of parents for their children and establish friendly and cooperative relationships with them.

Refrain from using privileges and prestige to promote personal gain, selfish interests, partisan politics, or sectarian religious views.

Strive to help the students develop sound, moral, and intellectual foundations.

Drug and Alcohol Free WorkplaceBoard Policy - GANADue to the commitment to the drug and alcohol free workplace, it is the policy of the Colleton County School District that the work environment shall be free of the presence of alcoholic beverages or unlawful controlled substances and that employees shall perform their job assignments safely, efficiently, and without the adverse influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

This policy shall govern each employee (1) during school hours, (2) while on any property owned or leased by the Board, (3) at any time during which the employee is acting in the course and scope of his/her employment with the Board, and/or (4) at any other time that the employees violation of this policy has a direct and adverse effect upon the performance of his/her job.

Drug and Alcohol Free WorkplaceBoard Policy - GANA (continued)The school system prohibits the following:

No employee will unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use any drug on or in the workplace. Drug means any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any controlled substance as defined by the act and regulation of federal or state law. No employee shall be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at school or at school-sponsored activity.

As a condition of employment, each employee will notify his/her supervisor of his/her conviction (or plea of guilty, no contest, or nolo contendere) of any criminal drug or alcohol statute no later than the next business day after any such conviction or plea.

Employees who are required to drive any school-owned or school-leased vehicle during the performance of their duties shall be tested for specific substances in the following instances: pre-employment; reasonable cause situations; randomly; post-accident; and re-certification.

Employees who violate these terms as stated in the board policy will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, non-renewal, suspension or termination at the discretion of the Superintendent and Board of Trustees.Sexual Harassment of StaffBoard Policy - GAMAColleton County School District believes that all employees are entitled to work in school related environments that are free of sexual harassment.

Anyone who believes he or she has been sexually harassed should report the incident(s) to his or her immediate supervisor or to the Director of Human Resources or the Superintendent.

Where members of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent, or any senior staff members are involved, the employee should report such acts to the Board attorney. An immediate investigation of the claims will take place and upon evidence of sexual harassment, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.Sexual Harassment of StudentsBoard Policy - GAMAThe employees in Colleton County School Dis