Critical Issues for Required Review by Employees

Working with and around children brings with it some important responsibilities for employees. These responsibilities must be reviewed carefully each school year. The following is a list of School Board Policies and other employment-related protocols to be reviewed annually.

 To complete the required review, each employee should

  • Open each link below and carefully review the material related to the critical issues listed.  ALL areas must be read and reviewed. Documents on the list will open in a new "window." Close the window to return to the list and access the next item.

  • Discuss the material with his/her administrator if there are  questions about the responsibilities associated with any of the issues.

  • Sign-off  as directed by his/her administrator  when  the required reviews are completed and  all expectations and requirements are understood. The employee's signature serves to confirm that he or she has read and understands all expectations and requirements.

Links to Material for Required Review

1) CODE OF ETHICS--Both (a),  (b), and (c)  below must be reviewed.

a. Ethics Overview

b. Sexual Misconduct


cSexual Harassment

2) CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT- Both (a),  (b), and (c)  below must be reviewed.

a. School Board Policy Regarding Report of Child Abuse or Neglect (Policy JGI) 

b. Overview on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect  (Please print this page for reference during the school year.)

c. Educators are required to report reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. This "Mandated Reporter" requirement is part of Georgia Law (
O.C.G.A.§ 19-7-5). While there is no liability in reporting suspected abuse, failure to do so can result in misdemeanor charges. (This link is to the Georgia Code Free Public Access site. You will need to enter 19-7-5 in the search box to find the document.)

3) DRUG FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

School Board Policy Regarding a Drug-Free Workplace (Policy GAMA)

4) SELF-REPORT OF CRIMINAL CHARGES

School Board Policy Regarding Responsibility to Report Criminal Charges to Employer (Policy GBU)

5) EMPLOYEE LEAVES AND ABSENCES

School Board Policy Regarding Leaves and Absences  (Policy GBRH)

6) INTERNET AND COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE

a. School Board Policy Regarding Internet Acceptable Use (Policy IFBG)

b. Computer Use and Maintenance Agreement 

7)  BULLYING In accordance with Georgia Law, the Colquitt County Board of Education  prohibits bullying and requires employees to report bullying incidents to administrators.

 Putting a Stop to Bullying

8) SUICIDE PREVENTION

Suicide Prevention Information

9) UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS 

Universal Precautions Overview

10) EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

NOTE: Colquitt County School System employees are responsible for adhering to all School Board Policies. All policies of the Colquitt County Board of Education can be found using the "Policies" tab on eBoardsolutions