Policies & Notices

As a school that participates in Florida Department of Education School Choice Scholarship program, and pursuant to the requirements set forth in the 2008 Ethics in Education Act, please be advised that Genesis Community School operates under the following guidelines and laws.

 

Ethics in Education Act

As of July 1, 2008, participating private schools are required to adopt policies establishing standards of ethical conduct for instructional personnel and school administrators.

The private school accountability statute has also been amended to require private schools to develop standards of ethical conduct for the school’s instructional personnel and administrators. Instructional personnel and school administrators are defined by Sections 1012.01(2) and(3), Florida Statutes.

 Finally, the Act amends Section 1006.061, Florida Statutes, related to the state’s child abuse, abandonment, and neglect policy. Private and charter schools are now required to comply with these policies.

  1. Genesis Community School disqualifies from employment any instructional personnel or school administrator who is convicted of an act listed under Section 1012.315, Florida Statutes. [Level 2 VECHS fingerprinting (which includes FBI – national, and FDLE – state searches) is utilized to meet this standard.]
  2. Genesis Community School conducts an employment history check before employing instructional personnel/school administrators in any position that requires direct contact with students.
  3. Genesis Community School screens new instructional personnel/school administrators using the two employee screening tools developed by the Department of Education. New instructional personnel or school administrators are those individuals employed after the law became effective on July 1, 2008.

 

All Genesis Community School administrators, teachers, and staff members have been fully screened and background checked pursuant to state law. In addition, as an added measure of safety and concern for our students, volunteers who are permitted to enter the campus during school hours are required to undergo the same FBI/FDLE (VECHS) background clearance as hired faculty and staff.

  1. Genesis Community School prohibits confidentiality agreements with instructional personnel or school administrators who are dismissed, terminated, or resign in lieu of termination due to misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.
  2. Genesis Community School posts a notice at the school stating that all employees have a duty to report actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.
  3. Genesis Community School posts at our school site and on our website the policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators, which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.

 

All GCS employees have been trained to recognize signs of child abuse, abandonment, and neglect, and have been advised as to their status as mandatory reporters. Please report any instance or suspected instance of employee misconduct to our Head of School or Director Tracy Dunlap at 850-238-3304. The Florida Abuse Hotline can be reached at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

Genesis Community School (GCS) admits students of any race, color, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. GCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.