Rules of the School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida
Title 6Gx50
Chapter 3. Personnel

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Policy 3.13Self-Reporting of Arrests and Convictions by School District Employees

  1. DEFINITIONS

    1. Criminal Traffic Violations include, but are not limited to:

      1. Leaving the scene of an accident;
      2. False information regarding an accident;
      3. Operating a motor vehicle without a license or while license is suspended;
      4. Driving while under the influence or with an unlawful blood alcohol level;
      5. Failure to sign or accept a summons;
      6. Fleeing and eluding police officers or reckless driving.

    2. Minor Traffic Violations are defined as a non-criminal violation that may require community service hours, under 316.027(4), Fla. Stat., but is not punishable by incarceration, and for which there is no right to trial by jury or right to court-appointed counsel.

  2. All district employees will self-report in writing with the appropriate documentation any arrests and/or criminal charges, including criminal traffic violations, to the employee's immediate supervisor/designee within forty-eight (48) hours of said arrest and/or criminal charges. In addition, all district employees shall self-report in writing any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering a plea of guilty, guilty in your best interest, or Nolo Contendere for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation within forty-eight (48) hours after the final judgment has been entered.

  3. Only district employees who drive district-owned/operated or controlled vehicles, or are required to hold a valid driver's license or a commercial driver's license ("CDL"), are required to report minor traffic violations as per Section 2 above when they occur with any vehicle.

  4. When handling sealed and expunged court records disclosed pursuant to State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006(5), the district shall comply with the confidentiality provisions of 943.0585(4)(c) and 943.059(4)(c), F.S., pertaining to sealed and expunged court records.

  5. The supervisor shall forward a copy of the documentation from the employee regarding the violation(s) to the chief personnel officer/designee within twenty four (24) hours of receipt of the information.

  6. Failure to self-report may result in discipline, u p to and including termination from employment.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:

230.23(17); 230.23005, Fla. Stat.

LAWS IMPLEMENTED:

230.03(2); 230.335(1)(a); 231.001; 231.02; 231.28(1); 435.03-.07; Fla. Stat.

HISTORY:

03/03/99; 08/06/2001

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