In order to eliminate the chance of being falsely accused of misconduct, here are some things that you can do:

Touching Students

         Touch only on safe areas, such as shoulders, arms, upper back.

         NEVER touch a student while disciplining or redirecting him/her.

         Touch all students, male and female, in the same manner.

         Keep the touch very brief, such as a pat on the back.

         Students should be the ones to initiate a hug.

         Keep any hugs very brief, and if possible, make it a side hug instead of a front hug.

         Be sensitive to students who react negatively to being  touched.


Verbal communications

         Be sure to talk to all students in the same manner.

         Avoid comments that might be interpreted by others as being sexist or sexual in nature.

         Avoid good-natured joking that could be misinterpreted by students.

         Compliment students on school-related performance rather than on physical characteristics (such as their outfits or  hairstyles).


Written communications

         Write with the idea that whatever you say should be able to be read by the students parents and your administrator.

         If you correspond with kids at their home, write short notes on a postcard instead of writing a letter in a sealed envelope.

         Keep e-mail communications brief and related to school rather  than personal issues.  Print out copies and save for your records.

         If you receive inappropriate notes/e-mails from students, inform your administrator immediately.


Extracurricular activities

         Avoid seeing students outside of school-sponsored activities.

         Make sure you have other adults with you.

         Always get signed parental permission and permission from your administrator first.

         Never transport a student alone in your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency.


Interacting with students

         Try never to be alone with a student.

         If this is unavoidable, make sure your door is open and you are visible to others walking by.

         If you must meet with a student alone, arrange to meet in a visible location within the school.

         Be aware of spending unequal amounts of time with individual students.

         Treat all students in the same manner.