Code of Ethics and Conduct

Staff Conduct


Policy # 4840

All staff members are required to perform their job duties in a professional manner that serves as a positive role model for students.  The sole function of the District is to provide a quality education for the students of the St. Louis Public Schools.  Staff members are required to comply with all federal, state, and local laws that relate to the performance of job duties and the policies and regulations of the District.  Failure to comply with all federal, state, and local laws relating to an employee’s job performance, or failure to comply with the policies and regulations of the District will result in discipline, including termination. 


The success of the District in achieving the goal of providing a quality education requires that all employees conduct themselves in a professional manner.  Accordingly, the District expects all employees to:


1.                  Become familiar with, enforce and follow all Board policies, regulations, administrative procedures, and other directions given by district administrators, and all applicable state and federal laws as they relate to the performance of job duties.


2.                  Protect the safety, health, and general welfare of all students.


3.                  Properly supervise all students. The Board expects all students to be under assigned adult supervision at all times during school hours or during any school related or sponsored activity. Except in an emergency, no employee will leave an assigned group of students unsupervised.


4.                  Arrive to work regularly and on time each day.


5.                  Properly prepare for the instruction of students.


6.                  Maintain all required records and submit all requested reports in the time specified.  Keep all student records, medical information and other sensitive information confidential as directed by law, Board policy, district procedures and the employee's supervisor.


7.                  Properly operate, maintain and protect all school property and school funds; employees will not remove or use district property or funds for personal reasons or make any improper or dishonest use of District Property, including but not limited to the District’s tax exempt status. 


8.                  Comply with the directives of the superintendent or his/her designee and supervisors.


9.                  Attend all required staff meetings called by district administration, unless properly excused in advance.


10.              Refrain from use of profanity and/or obscene gestures or depictions.


11.              Refrain from any conduct that disrupts the educational process.


12.              Refrain from leaving the building or school premises unless approved by the building level administrator or supervisor.


13.              Refrain from any inappropriate relations or communications with students, including but not limited to dating, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual contact between an employee and student, either on or off District property, either with or without the student’s consent, regardless of the student’s age, is strictly prohibited.


14.              Utilize District technology solely for District business.


15.              Maintain courteous and professional relationships with co-workers, students, parents and patrons.


16.              Employees shall not posses, use, transport, or be under the influence of any illegal drugs, including any prescription drugs not prescribed to the employee, while employed by the District.  Employees shall not posses, use, transport or be under the influence of alcohol during working hours, while on District property, or at any District or school sponsored event.


17.              Employees who drive a vehicle when conducting district business will obey all applicable laws and shall not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, regardless of whether the person is driving a personal or district-owned or leased vehicle. District employees will not transport students unless given explicit authority to do so by their supervisors.


18.              Employees shall not posses, handle, or transport any kind of firearm, knife, or other object reasonably considered a weapon, during working hours, onto District property or school grounds, or at any school sponsored event.  This policy shall apply to security officers unless specifically authorized in writing by the Superintendent of Schools.


19.              Employees shall not use district funds or resources to advocate, support or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office.


20.              Employees shall not use any time during the working day for campaigning purposes, unless allowed by law.  Any violation of the Code of Ethic and Conduct is grounds for disciplinary action, including termination.


Regulation approved: June 26, 1990

Revised: April 11, 1995

Revised: December 8, 1998

Revised: January 12, 1999

Revised:  November 19, 2009


Legal Refs:      §115.646, RSMo.

                        §168.221, .251, .271, .281 RSMo.