Policies & FAQ
Code of Conduct

SSDS has a Code of Conduct that summarizes SSDS’s expectations for our employees, families and volunteers. These same employees, families, and volunteers also abide by our One-on-One Policy. Violation of these will result in disciplinary action, or in the case of volunteers and participants, termination of the ability to volunteer at SSDS or dismissal of their child from the school.  SSDS will report any violations of the law to the local law enforcement authorities.

All staff, volunteers, and classroom participants will not:

  • discriminate against students or families based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, socioeconomic status, physical attributes, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law
  • bully, harass, or intimidate students, staff, or parents
  • engage in abuse or neglect of any child or vulnerable adult, including grooming behaviors through which an adult or a person in a position of authority builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of exploitation or other abuse
  • meet with a student one-on-one in a room with the door locked or the lights off
  • Introduce, view or involve children in child pornography
  • engage in inappropriate physical interactions with students, such as—
    • hitting
    • fondling any part of a student’s body
  • NOTE: certain touches may be appropriate in particular circumstances, such as a pats on the back or shoulder, handshakes, high fives, or holding the hands of children to guide or escort them.
  • utilize corporal punishment, or other inappropriate student disciplinary practices, such as
    • shaking
    • slapping
    • shoving
    • pinching
    • ostracizing
    • physical restraints
    • withholding food, light, or medical care
  • engage in inappropriate verbal interactions with students, parents, or staff members such as—
    • name-calling or cursing
    • encouraging students to keep secrets from other adults
    • sexual or offensive humor
    • shaming, belittling, or derogatory remarks including negative comments about physique, body development, dress, or family
    • harsh language that may threaten, degrade, or humiliate
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