SJE Board Policy 5253 – Personnel


Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries


The purpose of this policy is to provide all staff, students, volunteers and community members with information to increase their awareness of their role in protecting children from inappropriate conduct by adults.


The St John and Endicott board of directors expects all staff members to maintain the highest professional, moral and ethical standards in their interaction with students. Staff members are required to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning, through consistently and fairly applied discipline and established and maintained professional boundaries.


The interactions and relationships between staff members and students should be based upon mutual respect and trust, an understanding of the appropriate boundaries between adults and students in and outside of the educational setting, and consistency with the educational mission of the schools.


Staff members will not intrude on a studentŐs physical and emotional boundaries unless the intrusion is necessary to serve an educational or physical, mental and/or emotional health purpose. An educational purpose is one that relates to the staff memberŐs duties in the district. Additionally, staff members are expected to be sensitive to the appearance of impropriety in their own conduct and the conduct of other staff when interacting with students. Staff members will discuss issues with their building administrator or supervisor whenever they suspect or are unsure whether conduct is inappropriate or constitutes a violation of this policy. 


The St John and Endicott board of directors supports the use of technology to communicate for educational purposes. However, district employees are prohibited from inappropriate online socializing or from engaging in any conduct on social networking Web sites that violates the law, district policies or other generally recognized professional standards. Employees whose conduct violates this policy may face discipline and/or termination, consistent with the districtŐs policies, acceptable use agreement and collective bargaining agreements, as applicable.


The superintendent or designee will develop staff protocols for reporting and investigating allegations and develop procedures and training to accompany this policy.


Legal References:       

RCW 28A.400            Crimes against children

RCW 28A.405.470     Crimes against children – Mandatory termination of certificated

                                    employees - Appeal - Recovery of salary or compensation by


RCW 28A.405.475     Termination of certificated employee based on guilty plea or

                                    conviction of certain felonies - Notice to superintendent of public

                                    instruction - Record of notices.


RCW 28A.410.090     Revocation or suspension of certificate or permit to teach –

                                    Criminal basis - Complaints - Investigation - Process.

            RCW 28A.410.095     Violation or noncompliance - Investigatory powers of

                                                superintendent of public instruction - Requirements for

                                                investigation of alleged sexual misconduct towards a child - Court

                                                orders – Contempt - Written findings required. 

            RCW 28A.410.100     Revocation of authority to teach - Hearings.


            WAC 181-87  Professional Certification - Acts of Unprofessional Conduct

            WAC 181-88  Sexual Misconduct, Verbal and Physical Abuse - Mandatory Disclosure –

                                    Prohibited Agreements







Adoption Date:  5/29/12

St John-Endicott Cooperative Schools