Every school board trustee and employee of St. James-Assiniboia School Division (SJASD) is responsible at all times for their professional and ethical conduct. They must conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, responsibility and accountability.
The St. James-Assiniboia School Division is one of the cornerstones of a proudly diverse community. School climate, fiscal stewardship and success beyond graduation are also paramount. Every child, no matter income, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or identity, is deserving of a quality public education.
The St. James-Assiniboia School Division Values and Ethical Practices Code (Code) is a requirement under The Public Service Act. It outlines the values and expected behaviours of Manitoba's broader public service as stated in Part 2, Sections 4 and 5 of the Act. The Code promotes respect, civility, and responsibility and sets clear standards of behaviour for members of the school community who provide services to the public.
Adherence to the Code is a requirement for all SJASD school board trustees and employees.
The Code is not intended to replace, but rather complement, existing policies and administrative procedures. Trustees and employees are expected to follow all other policies, administrative procedures, or mandates that affect the unique responsibilities of their position.
Values for an Ethical and Effective Public Service
The Code is founded on the values for an ethical public service, as described in Part 2, Sections 4 and 5 of The Public Service Act. These values provide a common framework to guide the public service in serving the public in an ethical manner. The following are the values for an ethical public service, including some examples of how these values are demonstrated through the actions and behaviours of employees.
Respect for Others
Treat others with respect, courtesy and dignity, and value the diversity of their fellow employees and the public we serve by being open to the exchange of different perspectives and ideas. Treat others equitably, with fairness and honesty, and remain committed to fostering workplaces free of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and bullying.
Exhibit honesty, integrity, consistency and impartiality while maintaining the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Do not conduct yourself in a manner that would reflect adversely on the SJASD. To ensure behaviour that is within the public interest, conflicts must be resolved in the public interest; confidentiality of information will be maintained; sensitive information handled appropriately and discreetly; and conduct is done in a non-partisan manner.
Serve the needs, interests, and expectations of the people of SJASD. Further to this, those it applies to should demonstrate leadership and take responsibility for decisions and actions. It is imperative they are fiscally responsible and are careful stewards of public resources.
Skill and Dedication
To provide high quality and prompt service, those it applies to must give their best to meet performance standards and organizational requirements. They must be open to continual learning and innovation, and must promote excellence through reflection and by maintaining and improving their knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies, as well as assist in enhancing those of their colleagues.
To provide high quality service, those it applies to must provide services fairly, reliably and competently. They should focus on quality and outcomes to achieve performance standards, and be transparent to enable public scrutiny.
Invite teamwork and collaboration to maximize strategic investment in delivering services. Engage and collaborate with the public to provide the opportunity to inform, develop and implement services; and advance reconciliation through concrete and constructive partnerships with Indigenous peoples.
Be flexible and creative in the delivery of public services so as to adapt quickly and effectively to changes in priorities and needs of the public. Engage in strategic and predictive decision-making; and experiment and measure results to identify opportunities for new responses to complex problems.
Exercise skill and judgement in the use of public resources in delivering services, and continually evaluate services to determine if those services are meeting the needs of the public in an efficient and responsive manner.
Action Plan and Expected Behaviours
St. James-Assiniboia School Division board of trustees and employees demonstrate the values for an ethical public service through their actions and behaviours. The expected behaviours, actions, and procedures are detailed in the Policies and Administrative Procedures of the Division. Professional development on all levels is provided to contribute and enhance the development of the necessary judgement and skills enabling school board trustees and employees in the Division to apply ethical principles in concrete circumstances.
Policies and administrative procedures are available on the St. James-Assiniboia School Division website sjasd.ca. Applicable policies and administrative procedures are listed below.
Foundation and Basic Commitment Policies
AC Respect for Human Diversity
AD Educational Philosophy Mission
ADF Sustainable Development Practices
AG Board Governance Framework
BBBA Duties of the Board
BC Trustee Code of Conduct
DA Fiscal Management Goals
DBC Division Budget Process
DIA School Funds
DJA Purchasing Authority
DK Payment Procedures
DNB Sale or Disposal of Fixed Assets
GBAA Respectful Workplace
GBAC Staff Discipline
GBEB Code of Conduct for Child Protection
GBEF Employee Use of Technology and Electronic Communication
GBJA Access and Privacy in St. James-Assiniboia School Division
GCN Evaluation of Professional Staff
GCNB Administrator Evaluation
GDI Support Staff Probation and Evaluation
IHBA Appropriate Educational Programming
KA School Community Relations
AC-R Respect for Human Diversity
ACE-E-1 Employee Safety During Emergencies
ACE-E-2 Individualized Employee Response Plan
ACE-R Customer Service Standard Regulation
ACE-R-2 Accessible Employment Standard Regulation
ADF-R Sustainable Development Practices
AG-A Board Governance Framework Appendix Board Self Evaluation
BC-A Trustee Code of Conduct Appendix Board Confidentiality/Request for Employee Personal Information
BC-E-1 Board Member Statement of Integrity Agreement
BC-E-2 Board Member Pledge of Confidentiality
BDD-A Board Superintendent Secretary-Treasurer CFO Relationship Appendix General Board and Administration Constraints
DJB-R-2 Purchasing Procedures
GBAA-R Respectful Workplace
GBEF-R Employee Use of Technology and Electronic Communication
GBJA-E-1 Access and Privacy, Pledge of Confidentiality