Public School Teacher Code of Ethics and Conduct
Public school teachers are given the trust of taxpayers, parents, and legal guardians and as such are bound to uphold a professional standard of ethics and conduct.
from Daniel Keeran, MSW
Public school teachers are given the trust of taxpayers, parents, and legal guardians and as such are bound to uphold a professional standard of ethics and conduct. The following articles may be adopted by individual school teachers, local schools and principals, unions, and teachers' federations:
1. Because students come to class to be influenced by me, I will make every effort to not disclose my personal philosophical, political, or religious beliefs to students.
2. Because of my position of power over students, I will not touch a student or speak in a way that could be interpreted as conveying a sexual message or attraction to a student.
3. I pledge to do my best to prepare for teaching each class session.
4. I will mark assignments in a timely manner and return results to students so that they can benefit from their work and make progress in the class.
5. I will appear for class on time.
6. I am committed to the teaching experience so that students can benefit, and I therefore regard each class session as most important for students.
7. I will not teach while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or while ill, especially with a contagious condition.
8. I will not smoke cigarettes or other substances in or near the classroom.
9. I am committed to observing students who may be suffering mental or physical distress and ensuring they get the help they need.
10. I will report suspected bullying or manipulation on the part of any student toward another student or teacher.
11. I will not direct strong anger toward students.
12. I pledge to be aware of signs of possible burnout or stress in my mental condition.
13. I will not use physical contact to manage the behaviour of a student.
14. I pledge to ensure every student is properly nourished, rested, and able to participate in the educational experience.
15. I will model reflective listening and conflict-reducing communication.
16. I will learn, improve, and use my empathic skills in relating to students.
17. I will not attempt to influence the sexual orientation or preference of a student.
18. I pledge to be properly attired on or near school property, with good hygiene and having kempt appearance.
19. I will engage in professional development at least once per year either through online learning (https://www.empathyforu.com/
20. I pledge support of parents and anyone who wishes to bring a complaint against me, and I pledge to make a sincere reflection of their feelings and views about my conduct.
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