Those in teaching who have reached a professional level are at ease with themselves and with their work. Ease with one’s self comes from knowing what to accept and what to reject.

Here are some suggestions that may help you reach professional ease with yourself and your colleagues:

  1. Accept the school as it is. You have an obligation to work with the basic objectives of GACS… You earn freedom to disagree only after you have proved your ability to conform.
  1. Accept the school’s schedule, although this may be hard to do. Because of the many interests the schedule must serve, it may cause some inconveniences.
  1. Accept your share of additional duties. Each teacher must take on responsibilities outside the classroom. Meet them; do not shirk such duties. Organize your school time and off-school time so that additional chores work little hardship.
  1. Reject the notion that your classes are more important than others. This tendency may be shown in giving over lengthy assignments or in holding pupils overtime. It is unfair to the child and his many interests and disrupts the school generally.
  1. Reject the urge to criticize. To criticize a teacher or a practice is a matter of public concern. For this reason, criticism of teachers and administration is one of the serious violations of professional ethics. Violations of official duties should be taken to the administration; serious mistakes on the part of others should be discussed with persons involved in private.

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MANDATED REPORTING OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE: CHAPTER 39

PART I GENERAL PROVISIONS (ss. 39.001-39.0141); PART II REPORTING CHILD ABUSE

(ss. 39.201-39.206); PART III PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS (ss. 39.301-39.308)

All GALLOWAY ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL employees are considered mandated reporters of child abuse and Neglect pursuant to : CHAPTER 39 PART I GENERAL PROVISIONS (ss. 39.001-39.0141); PART II REPORTING CHILD ABUSE (ss. 39.201-39.206); PART III PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS (ss. 39.301-39.308)  Teachers, staff, volunteers, etc. are protected as mandated reporters, 5: Any person or official required by law to report a suspected case of child abuse who knowingly and willfully fails to do so will be guilty of a misdemeanor.

  • The Mandated Reporter must report any suspected abuse immediately to their supervisor. Secondly if warranted an oral report must be made as soon as possible by telephone to DFCS’ Child Protective Services (CPS) which is designated by the Department of Human Resources, or to an appropriate law enforcement authority or District Attorney. If a report of child abuse is made by DFCS or independently discovered by DFCS, then DFCS must immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement authority or District Attorney.
  • CPS contact numbers are available in the office.
  • Suspected child abuse which is required to be reported by any person by law must be reported notwithstanding that the reasonable cause to believe such abuse had occurred or is occurring is based in whole or in part upon any communication to that person which is otherwise made privileged or confidential by law.