Professional and Ethical Responsibilities of the Paraeducator

A Paraeducator must:
Ø Maintain confidentiality about all personal information and educational records concerning children and their families; a breach of confidentiality is ground for disciplinary action or dismissal including immediate termination
Ø Engage in positive behaviors at all times, treating students and colleagues with dignity and respect
Ø Dress appropriately and neatly in accordance with the school's staff dress code
Ø Follow district policies for protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of children
Ø Demonstrate a positive attitude. Take initiative
Ø Follow the directions of teachers and other supervisors. This includes following specific programs, interventions and behavior plans

Ø Maintain a record of regular attendance, arrive and depart at specified times and notify appropriate personnel when they must be absent
Ø Demonstrate loyalty, dependability, integrity, and other standards of ethical conduct
Ø Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity and individuality of the children
Ø Follow the chain of command for various administrative procedures
Ø Assist student with class work: by modeling, with guided practice, peer tutoring and one on one while adhering to teacher direction
Ø Monitor students/keep on task/handle behavior situation if possible
Ø Provide proper documentation for students on IEPs
Ø Be Flexible
Ø Be a hard-worker -do whatever is necessary to get the job done and provide equal opportunities for all special education children
Ø Complete appropriate in-service activities (including required annual USD 305 presentations and quiz)

Remember a paraeducator's job is to help students with special needs help themselves, not do the task for them.