Section G: Personnel
Policy Title: Staff Conduct
Policy Code: GBEB
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All employees of the District are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with effective and orderly education and to protect students and District property. No employee shall, by action or inaction, interfere with, or disrupt any District activity, or encourage any such disruption. No employee, other than one who has obtained authorization from the appropriate school administrator, shall carry or possess a weapon on school grounds. All employees shall at all times attempt to maintain order, abide by the policies, rules, and regulations of the District, and carry out all applicable orders issued by the Superintendent.
Potential consequences to employees of the District who violate these rules may include, but are not limited to:
- Removal from school grounds
- Both civil and criminal sanctions, which may include, but are not limited to, criminal proceedings under Title 13, Chapter 29, Arizona Revised Statutes.
- Having consideration given to any such violations in the determination of or establishment of any pay or salary in later contracts or employment, if any.
Reporting Suspected Crimes or Incidents
Staff members are to report any suspected crime against a person or property that is a serious offense, involves a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or that could pose a threat of death or serious injury to employees, students or others on school property. All such reports shall be communicated to the Superintendent who shall be responsible for reporting to local law enforcement.
A person who is employed by the School District or is an applicant for employment with the School District, who is arrested for or charged with any nonappealable offense listed in section 41-1758.03, subsection B and who does not immediately report the arrest or charge to the person's supervisor or potential employer is guilty of unprofessional conduct and the person shall be immediately dismissed from employment with the School District or immediately excluded from potential employment with the School District. A person dismissed from employment for failure to report being arrested for or charged with a nonappealable offense has no right to appeal under the provisions of A.R.S. 15-539, subsection G. Prior to an action to terminate for failure to report, an employee will be given the opportunity to provide a written explanation of circumstances or events which they believe mitigate the failure to report.
Use of Physical Force by Supervisory Personnel
Any administrator, teacher, or other school employee entrusted with the care and supervision of a minor may use reasonable and appropriate physical force upon the minor to the extent reasonably necessary and appropriate to keep students safe and protect minors. Reasonable physical force may be appropriate in self-defense, in the defense of other students and school personnel, and to prevent or terminate the commission of theft or criminal damage to the property of the District or the property of persons lawfully on the premises of the District.
The threat or use of physical force is not justified as a response to verbal provocation alone, nor when the degree of physical force used is disproportionate to the circumstances or exceeds that necessary to avoid injury to oneself or to others or to preserve property at risk.
Adopted: October 5, 2004
Updated: December 17, 2004 [To Board in Friday Report]
Revised: December 12, 2012 [Cross Reference Correction Only]
Revised: November 12, 2013
LEGAL REF.: A.R.S. 13-2911,
15-509, 15-514, 15-521,
CROSS REF.: JK – Student Discipline
KFA - Public Conduct on School Property