Ethics in Education Policy

Educator Misconduct Poster

Wider Horizons School has a commitment and duty to support the State of Florida Code
of Ethics for the Education Profession. We will report any abuse or misconduct to the
proper authorities following the procedures as set forth by the Ethics in Education Act
of 2009.

Wider Horizons School has established procedures to report any abuse or misconduct
to the State of Florida central abuse hotline (800-962-2873) as well as the local authorities.

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.

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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.

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The staff of Wider Horizons School have received training on the Ethics in Education Act of 2009.