The Cape Elizabeth School Board expects all staff members, including teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators and others, to maintain the highest professional, moral and ethical standards in their conduct with students. For the purposes of this policy, staff members also include school volunteers.

The interactions and relationships between staff members and students should be based upon:

Staff members are expected to be sensitive to the appearance of impropriety in their conduct with students. Staff members are encouraged to discuss issues with their building administrator or supervisor whenever they are unsure whether particular conduct may constitute a violation of this policy.

Possible Violations

Examples of conduct by staff members that could be considered a violation of this policy include but are not limited to the following:

Before engaging in the following activities, staff members will review the activity with their building principal or supervisor, as appropriate:

Reporting Violations

Students and/or their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to notify the principal (or other appropriate administrator) if they believe a teacher or other staff member may be engaging in conduct that violates this policy.

Staff members are required to notify promptly the appropriate building administrator or superintendent if they become aware of a situation that may constitute a violation of this policy.

Disciplinary Action

Staff violations of this policy shall be reviewed by the appropriate administrator and may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Violations involving sexual or other abuse will also result in referral to the Department of Health and Human Services and/or law enforcement in accordance with the Board’s Policy.

Policy to be Included in Handbooks (or disseminated by other means)

This policy shall be included in all employee, student and volunteer handbooks.

Cross Reference:




Revision #5
Created 25 October 2021 18:42:08 by Troy Patterson
Updated 22 August 2022 14:23:46 by Jennifer Lakari