The Board recognizes that an employee or former employee’s request to an administrator for a letter of reference is an opportunity to share information about the staff member’s performance with a prospective employer or other interested party. A current or former employee shall have no expectation that a letter of reference will be written upon request. The decision to comply with such a request shall be solely at the discretion of the administrator.
If an administrator however opts to prepare a reference letter, the Board expects that administrator to provide specific and truthful comments concerning the employee or former employee’s actual performance that can be substantiated by the administrator’s personal knowledge or by information contained within the individual’s personnel file.
In accordance with law, an administrator who, in the scope of his/her employment, provides a letter of reference may be entitled to a qualified privilege for statements included in that reference letter, provided such statements were made in good faith, without malice, and in accordance with this policy.
Art. X, Sec. 13, Fla. Constitution