Conflict of Interest Protocol
Policy for all School Employees
All school employees must avoid situations involving actual or potential conflict of interest. IEM Schools consider certain activities and situations to be a conflict of interest and therefore will not allocate school funding towards these nor allow these potential conflict of interest situations to occur. A brief description of each is listed below. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible situations which would constitute conflicts of interest. The school administration reserves the right to add to or amend this list as it deems appropriate. Any relationship or action which creates an expectation of benefit or profit beyond an employee’s normal employment relationship with the School can impair an employee's ability to exercise good judgment on behalf of the School, and therefore creates an actual or potential conflict of interest. It is the School’s policy that all School employees must scrupulously avoid all such situations. We expect that the ESs authorizing expenditures from the school Instructional Funds will be responsible to see that none of these activities under their control are allowed.
Examples of conflict of interest could be (but are not limited to):
Policy for the Parent Council
The School Parent Council places great importance on making clear any existing or potential conflicts of interest. All such conflicts of interest shall be declared by the member to the School Parent Council for consideration. A School Parent Council member who believes another School Parent Council member has an undeclared conflict of interest should specify in writing the basis of this potential conflict.
Parent Council Procedures
1. Members shall declare any conflicts of interest either at the start of the School Parent Council meeting concerned or when a relevant issue arises. The nature of this conflict of interest should be entered into the meeting minutes.
2. Where a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest is identified and/or registered, the School Parent Council member concerned shall leave the room as soon as that item comes up for discussion. The concerned School Parent Council member shall not vote on that issue, nor initiate or take part in any School Parent Council discussion on that topic (either in the meeting or with other School Parent Council members before or after the School Parent Council meetings), unless expressly invited to do so by unanimous agreement by all other members present.
3. If a person declares themselves to have existing or potential conflict of interest confidentiality will be respected. If a person alleges that another person has a conflict of interest, whether existing or potential, and if the School Parent Council cannot resolve this allegation to the satisfaction of both parties they will consult with Innovative Education Management as a mediator and legal advisor.
Examples of Parent Council conflict of interest could be (but are not limited to):
1. No ES, school employee, or any school employee's spouse or dependent may serve as a School Parent Council member.
2. When a School Parent Council member or his/her immediate family or business interests stands to gain financially from any business dealings, programs or services of the organization.
3. When a School Parent Council member him or herself offers a professional service to the organization.
4. When a School Parent Council member stands to gain personally or professionally from any insider knowledge if that knowledge is used to personal advantage.
5. Where a School Parent Council member or the ex/officio member of the School Parent Council has a role on the governing body of another organization and the activities of that other body may be in direct conflict or competition with the activities of SSCS.