POLICY MANUAL

Standards of Conduct for Employees - Policy GBEZ

All Lynchburg City Schools' employees shall engage in activities and behaviors which promote the well-being of the school division's students and which reflect the positive interactions of staff with their colleagues, students, parents, and the community. Additionally, staff shall not engage in activities or behaviors that reflect adversely upon the school division. Violation of the standards of conduct for employees could result in disciplinary actions up to and including the termination of the employment contract.

It is impractical to list every behavior that is inappropriate and unacceptable. The following is illustrious of conduct that the school system considers to be unacceptable and for which employees will be disciplined. This list is not exhaustive and is in addition to other policies and regulations governing employee conduct.

The following are examples of unacceptable behavior:

1. Poor job performance.

2. Failing to notify a supervisor in advance, or as soon as possible under the circumstances, if not reporting to work.

3. Unsatisfactory attendance and/or excessive tardiness.

4. Leaving the work site or duty-related activity without permission during work hours or while on duty.

5. Failing to follow a supervisor's directions or failing to comply with the school division's policies.

6. Using obscene or profane language, gestures, pictures, objects, and/or images.

7. For employees operating a division vehicle, receiving a moving violation or the suspension of driving privileges and failing to notify/inform a supervisor of such violation or suspension by the next workday.

8. Violating driving and/or safety rules, when operating a division vehicle.

9. Unauthorized use, misuse, theft or unauthorized removal, or willful or negligent damage of school division property.

10. Falsifying or misuse of any division records including, but not limited to, reports, student records, vouchers, time sheets, leave records, or any other official records, including electronic records.

11. Gambling on school property or during a school-related activity. Exceptions would apply to those activities noted in the Code of Virginia, § 18.2-334.2, bingo and raffles.

12. Possessing or using alcohol or controlled substances while on school property, including in vehicles, or at duty-related activities.

13. Possessing or using firearms, explosives or other weapons while on school property, including in vehicles, or at duty-related activities.

14. Using tobacco products on school property.

15. Threatening, harassing, and/or intimidating staff, parents, or students.

16. Physically or verbally assaulting others while on the job or at school/work-related activities.

17. Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information about a student, an employee, a parent, or a community member that was obtained during the course of employment.

18. Engaging in criminal, dishonest, or other misconduct prejudicial to the interest of the school division.

19. Reporting to work or to school/work-related activities after the consumption or use, or under the influence, or with the detectable presence of alcohol or any controlled substance.

20. Engaging in activities which may result in criminal charges or convictions for behaviors that may threaten safety or security or be disruptive to students and employees.

21. Discriminating against any student, parent, community member or other employee on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

22. For any employee having official responsibility for a procurement transaction, soliciting, accepting, agreeing to accept, or demanding, from a bidder, offeror, contractor or subcontractor, any payment, loan, subscription, advance, deposit, money or services or anything of more than nominal or minimal value, or anything that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions.

23. Acting in an unprofessional manner in any dealings with students, parents, community members, or other employees while on the job or at a school/work-related event.

24. Violating the school division’s internet/technology acceptable use policy.

25. Staff should not use phones or other electronic communication devices for personal use during instructional time or while directly supervising students, except in an emergency. Employees are discouraged from texting, making or receiving personal calls, and should not use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) during the instructional work day. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action.

Adopted by School Board: August 6, 2002
Revised by School Board: August 1, 2017

Legal Refs.:

Code of Va. §§ 8.01-47, 22.1-307, 22.1-308, 22.1-309, 22.1-313, 22.1-315, 2.2-4371

Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

Equal Employment Act of 1972, Education amendments of 1972.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964,as amended.

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