Ethics Training and Reporting
Reporting of Ethical Misconduct is required by law and is our duty as professionals entrusted with the safety and welfare of students every day. Florida Statute section 39.203 and section 768.095 protect the person reporting ethical misconduct from reprisal by the individual reported or the employer if the report was made in good faith without malicious intent. North Florida School of Special Education (NFSSE) requires that every employee report any issue that could currently or potentially impact the health, safety, or welfare of its students and NFSSE employees.
The process for reporting is as follows. Any incident that an employee believes is potentially harmful to a student or another employee should be immediately reported to the Assistant Head of School or to the Head of School. Any employee who knowingly fails to report misconduct or abuse will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Parents, students, and employees should regularly visit the public registry to review it for individuals who may have prior criminal records and sex offenses. Information concerning registered sex offenders and predators in Florida may be obtained by visiting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders database. Information may also be obtained by contacting the FDLE’s toll free telephone number: 1-888-FL-PREDATOR (1-888-357-7332).
The school performs criminal-background checks on its employees and volunteers with unsupervised access to children, but cannot attest to the background of the various parents with whom their child may associate away from school.
In cases of suspected Physical Abuse, Sexual abuse or Neglect the employee should report those issues immediately to the 1-800-96Abuse hotline.