Your Conduct

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  • Join your local association/TSTA/NEA to stay current on your rights and responsibilities.
  • Read through and keep the following district policies handy:
  • DH (LEGAL), Employee Standards of Conduct •DH (LOCAL), Employee Standards of Conduct
  • DH (EXHIBIT), Educator Code of Ethics (Chapter 247.2 of the Texas Administrative Code)
  • Know how to access all of the school district’s policies.
  • Avoid compromising situations with students, parents, colleagues, and others.
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with students, minors, colleagues, and others.
  • Refrain from inappropriate communication with a student or minor, including electronic and social media.
  • Do not provide alcohol or drugs to students or anyone under the age of 21.
  • Do not reveal confidential information concerning a student unless it serves a lawful purpose or is required by law.
  • Do not engage in deceptive practices with students, minors, colleagues or others in the school community.
  • Account for all monies collected or appropriated in your classroom and turn into the designated official on your campus as soon as possible.
  • Do not threaten violence against others in the school community.
  • Do not expose a student, minor, or anyone else in the school community to embarrassment or disparagement.
  • Do not break a seal on state assessment materials unless required to do so.
  • Do not provide answers to students during any formal, informal or mandated assessment.
  • Treat all students in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Discipline students in a accordance with your district’s Student Code of Conduct.
  • Always conduct yourself in a manner befitting the teaching profession. If it seems you are held to a higher standard, you are.
  • Have the moral courage to speak up when you see a colleague, student, or someone in the education community acting in an inappropriate manner.
  • Represent and present yourself and your credentials accurately.
  • Dress for your profession.
  • Keep a journal and document everything (who, what, when where, and why), especially if you believe you are subject to discrimination or harassment.
  • Value your certificate and your contract.

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