Below are three important school policies out of our Sterne School Handbook. A full version of our Sterne School Handbook is distributed to all our students, parents, faculty, and staff at the beginning of the year.
Non Discrimination Policy
The Sterne School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
California Law requires private schools to post their employee-student interaction policies to their website.
Boundaries with Students
Below is a list of examples of conduct that may involve inappropriate crossing of the boundaries of the professional relationship:
· Giving gifts to an individual student that are of a personal or intimate nature;
· Unnecessary physical contact with a student in either a public or private situation;
· Intentionally being alone with a student on campus or away from the school without parent or supervisor permission;
· Making, or participating in sexually inappropriate comments;
· Sexual jokes, stories, or jokes/comments with sexual innuendo;
· Seeking emotional involvement with a student for an employee's benefit;
· Discussing an employee's own personal troubles or intimate issues with a student;
· Becoming involved with a student so that a reasonable person may suspect inappropriate behavior;
· Inappropriate use of social media with or about students;
· Inappropriate attention toward a particular student;
· Contact with a student away from school for activities not related to school without parent and supervisor knowledge or permission;
· Using personal email, texts or social media to communicate with students rather than using school email and communication systems; (Limited text messaging is permissible for arranging logistics of School activities off campus, but employees should generally use group text functions in such circumstances);
· Inappropriate posting or linking to Sterne media
· Driving alone with a student except in emergency situations where the employee informs the student’s parents and the employee’s supervisor within a reasonable time;
· Sending emails, text messages or letters to students of a personal nature if the content is not about school activities; or
· Failing to keep parents informed when a significant issue develops about a student.
Diversity & Inclusion
Understanding and celebrating difference is at the heart of the Sterne School mission. Our history has taught us that learning differences do not discriminate, and our program strives to speak broadly to the values of diversity, inclusion, and advocacy (for one’s self and on behalf of others) in a way that is reflective of the broader world in which our students and their families live and work. We support and encourage the exploration of diversity in its many forms, and offer student-led opportunities for leadership, service, and advocacy as part of a curriculum that weaves social-emotional and experiential learning into every aspect of the curriculum.