Our staff members follow the American Montessori Society code of ethics. Breaching this code of ethics may result in immediate termination. AMS requires that all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs agree to comply with the AMS Code of Ethics. AMS relies on self-compliance of this Code. In pledging to accept the Code of Ethics, heads of schools and program directors agree that the educators in their institutions will strive to conduct themselves professionally and personally in ways that reflect their respect for one other and for the children they serve; and that they will do whatever is within their talents and capacity to protect the right of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop his or her full potential.
Principle I - Commitment to the Student
In fulfillment of the obligation to the children, the educator—
Principle II - Commitment to the Public
The Montessori educator shares in the responsibility for developing policy relating to the extension of educational opportunity for all and for interpreting educational programs and policies to the public. In fulfilling these goals, the educator—
Principle III - Commitment to the Profession
The Montessori educator makes efforts to raise professional standards and conditions to attract persons worthy of trust to careers in Montessori education. In fulfilling these goals, the educator—
Adopted 1969, AMS Board of Directors. Expanded 1975. Updated 2008 and 2010.
Our staff members follow the following code of ethics which is required by all schools who participate in scholarships overseen by the Florida Department of Education. Breaching this code of ethics may result in immediate termination. The following code of ethics is adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.
1. Our school values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
2. Our primary concern is the student and the development of the student's potential. Employees will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
3. Concern for the student requires that our instructional personnel:
a. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student's mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
a. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
b. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
c. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic program.
d. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
e. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights.
f. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
g. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
h. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
4. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the community, employees of our school must display the highest degree of ethical conduct. This commitment requires that our employees:
i. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
j. Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.
k. Shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.
l. Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual's performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.
m. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
5. Training Requirement. All instructional personnel and administrators are required as a condition of employment to attend teacher workshops throughout the year when training is conducted periodically on these standards of ethical conduct.
As mandated by the Florida Department of Education, staff members shall be aware of Florida statutes 39.203 and 768.095.
39.203 Immunity from liability in cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.—
(1)(a) Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in any act authorized or required by this chapter, or reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action.
(b) Except as provided in this chapter, nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to grant immunity, civil or criminal, to any person suspected of having abused, abandoned, or neglected a child, or committed any illegal act upon or against a child.
(2)(a) No resident or employee of a facility serving children may be subjected to reprisal or discharge because of his or her actions in reporting abuse, abandonment, or neglect pursuant to the requirements of this section.
(b) Any person making a report under this section shall have a civil cause of action for appropriate compensatory and punitive damages against any person who causes detrimental changes in the employment status of such reporting party by reason of his or her making such report. Any detrimental change made in the residency or employment status of such person, including, but not limited to, discharge, termination, demotion, transfer, or reduction in pay or benefits or work privileges, or negative evaluations within a prescribed period of time shall establish a rebuttable presumption that such action was retaliatory.
768.095 Employer immunity from liability; disclosure of information regarding former or current employees.—An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former or current employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under chapter 760.
Failure to Report
Staff who fail to report suspected or actual child abuse or alleged misconduct by other educational support employees, instructional personnel, or school administrators may face immediate termination.
Report of Grievances or Misconduct
Reports of grievances or misconduct shall be directed to the Head of School. School employees and volunteers who fail to report suspected or actual child abuse or alleged misconduct are subject to disciplinary procedures.
Family Empowerment Scholarship for Unique Abilities (FES-UA)
Required language for private schools that accept FES-UA scholarship funds, per Florida House Bill 1 (HB 1) passed in March 27, 2023:
A parentally placed private school student with a disability does not have an individual right to receive some or all of the special education and related services that the student would receive if enrolled in a public school under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended.
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