On the Beat in Bluffton

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

B-H board passes new staff-student relations policy

Members of the Bluffton-Harrison school board passed the following policy on second reading at their Monday, Nov. 14, meeting.


All personnel or volunteers of Bluffton-Harrison M.S.D. shall maintain professional relationships with students which are conducive to an effective educational environment. Dating, romantic, and/or sexual relationships between students and school employees or volunteers are strictly prohibited. School employees or volunteers are to avoid even the appearance of maintaining an inappropriate relationship with a student. In addition, school employees and volunteers have a duty to report such inappropriate relationships that they have knowledge of to their immediate administrator. Individuals reporting inappropriate relationships will remain anonymous when legally permissible. Should the Bluffton-Harrison administration become aware of any questionable conduct on the part of an employee or volunteer with respect to a student, an investigation will be initiated. Appropriate action up to and including termination and reporting criminal activity to law enforcement authorities will be pursued. Exceptions to this policy will be at the discretion of the superintendent and the school board (e.g. student employee who is hired to work athletic events, student employee who is hired to clean facilities after athletic events, student employee who is hired to work in the childcare program, student volunteer as a tutor, etc.)

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