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.

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