The advice comes a week after the Board of Education took disciplinary action against one employee regarding a Jasper house party. Jasper police found several underage drinkers among 200 party goers. Two volunteer assistant coaches were also relieved of their duties two weeks ago in relation to their role in the party.
“There were times in the history of Walker County School System where that type of thing would be ignored, and those days are over,” Adkins said.
Adkins said there have also been a few resignations this year that were the result of allegations of teachers improperly fraternizing with students.
He said the board has addressed those issues, and it will continue to.
Adkins said a change to the school system’s policies regarding teacher conduct isn’t necessary. He said teachers must simply use common sense and refrain from doing anything that could be misconstrued as inappropriate behavior.
“I think it’s so important for young teachers to know just how small the margin of error is,” he said. “When you’re a school teacher, the general public has an inherent trust in you, and you can’t violate that.”