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1129 - Conflict of Interest - Private Practice

The proper performance of school business is dependent upon high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and professional conduct by Board employees. Further, such characteristics are essential to the Board’s commitment to earn and keep the public’s confidence. For these reasons, the Board adopts the following procedures to assure that conflicts of interest do not occur. These procedures are not intended to be all inclusive or to substitute for good judgment on the part of all employees.

  A. No employee shall engage in or have a financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any activity that conflicts with the employee's job duties and responsibilities in the school system.


  B. Employees shall not engage in business, private practice of their profession, the rendering of services, or the sale of goods of any type where advantage is taken of any professional relationship they may have with any student, client, or parents of such students, or clients in the course of their employment with the District.
    Included, by way of illustration rather than limitation, are the following:


    1. The provision of any private lessons or services for a fee


    2. The use, sale, or improper divulging of any privileged information about a student or client gained in the course of the employee’s employment or through access to District records


    3. The referral of any student or client for lessons or services to any private business or professional practitioner if there is any expectation of reciprocal referrals, sharing of fees, or other remuneration for such referral


    4. The requirement of students or clients to purchase any private goods or services provided by an employee or any business, or professional practitioner with whom any employee has a financial relationship, as a condition of receiving any grades, credits, promotions, approvals, or recommendations


  C. Employees shall not make use of materials, equipment, or facilities of the District in private practice. Examples would be the use of facilities before, during, or after regular business hours for service to private practice clients, or the checking out of items from an instructional materials center for private practice.


Exceptions to this policy shall be approved by the Superintendent consistent with Florida law.

F.S. 112.313, 1006.32

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