Boundary Training in Public Schools

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Staff may engage in behaviors and relationships that, while not explicitly prohibited by school or government law, can lead to unhealthy relationships with students. Boundary Training helps fill in the gaps by addressing specific codes of conduct.

In addition to sexual misconduct and harassment, Boundary Training covers situations such as a coach encouraging his students to purchase athletic equipment from a company he owns. Other gray areas include:

  • Appropriate use of electronic communications, like e-mail and texting
  • Sharing of personal information, including dating history or sexual orientation
  • Accepting employment from students’ families, such as babysitting or house sitting
  • Shared participation in off-site activities, such as religious, political, or social meetings

Staff members can engage in unhealthy conduct not because they intend to do harm, but because they lack situational awareness or because of role confusion.  Staff can avoid risky behavior by:

  • Establishing limits and parameters early in a relationship
  • Avoiding risky behavior or ambiguous situations
  • Using appropriate settings for meetings and interactions
  • Motivating students and building their self-esteem

For more information, read, "Boundary Training: Promoting Healthy Adult-Student Relationships in Schools."


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