How We Protect Your Child

At Stage and Stream Academy, we follow comprehensive hiring practices for Instructors and Instructor Assistants (IA) for our Youth (17 & under) classes. For example, they are all background checked every two years, and our youth classes will always have two instructors per class.

Further information is listed below from page 6 of the Stage and Screen Academy’s Employee Handbook:

Staff members are mandated to establish and uphold appropriate personal boundaries with students. They must refrain from any behavior that is prohibited by law, regulation, or this Policy, or that gives the appearance of prohibited behavior. This is a crucial requirement to ensure a safe and effective learning environment at Stage and Screen Academy. The Policy addresses a spectrum of behaviors, including clearly unlawful or improper interactions with students, precursor grooming, and other boundary-blurring behaviors that may lead to more serious misconduct.

This Policy applies to Stage and Screen Academy employees, volunteers, student teachers, independent contractors, and their employees who interact with students and are present on Stage and Screen Academy property or at SSA events. Independent contractors doing business with Stage and Screen Academy will ensure that their employees who have direct interaction with or unsupervised access to minor students are informed of the provisions of this Policy and complete a criminal background check process, which complies with NMSA 1978 Section 22-10A-5.

This Policy is designed to safeguard the educational environment and does not intend to disrupt appropriate personal or family relationships between staff and students and their families. It also respects participation in civic, religious, or other outside organizations that involve SSA students.

The interactions and relationships between staff and students should be based upon mutual respect and trust, an understanding of the appropriate boundaries between them in and outside of the educational setting, and consistency with SSA’s educational mission.

Staff will not intrude on a student’s physical and emotional boundaries unless the intrusion is necessary to serve an educational, physical, mental, and emotional health purpose or to prevent an immediate risk of injury or harm to the student.

Staff members play a crucial role in our school community. If they become aware of a situation that may constitute a violation of the law or this Policy, they must immediately notify the administration or the person in charge of human relations for SSA. This obligation is in addition to the statutory responsibility to report suspected abuse and neglect under the law as implemented by Policy JLF, “Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting,” or its equivalent.

Students and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to notify the administration or the person in charge of human relations for SSA if they believe a staff member may be engaging in conduct that violates the appropriate boundaries as specified in this Policy, puts a student at risk, or may violate the law.

Anonymous complaints involving inappropriate boundary invasions by staff members with students will be investigated as if a student, parent, or staff member reported the violation.

Allegations of inappropriate conduct shall be promptly investigated following the procedures utilized for harassment complaints.

It is understood that some reports made under this Policy will be based on rumors or misunderstandings; the fact that the reported staff member is cleared of any wrongdoing shall not result in disciplinary action against the reporter or witnesses. If, as the result of an investigation, any individual, including the reported staff member, the reporter, or a witness, is found to have intentionally provided false information in making the report or during the investigation or hearings related to the report, or if any individual deliberately obstructs the investigation or hearings, this may be addressed as a violation of this Policy and other applicable laws, regulations and Stage and Screen Academy policies. Obstruction includes but is not limited to violation of “no contact” orders given to the reported staff member, attempting to alter or influence witness testimony by threat or intimidation, and destruction of or hiding evidence. Intimidation of a witness violates the NM Criminal Code and must be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities immediately upon discovery.

Employees who violate the policies and procedures in this manual may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. The type of disciplinary action taken will depend on the severity of the violation.

It is prohibited to retaliate against students or staff members who report an improper staff/student relationship or participate in related proceedings. 

Appropriate action will be taken against students or staff members who retaliate against any student or staff member who reports alleged harassment or participates in related proceedings.

Before becoming an SSA employee, a comprehensive background check consisting of prior employment verification, professional reference checks, education verification, licensure and certification confirmation, and a criminal background check is conducted per applicable laws. A driving records check will also be completed if appropriate to the employee’s position.

Employees are required to undergo a background check every two years. Individual employees are responsible for any associated fees. Background check information shall not be disclosed to unauthorized personnel or individuals.

For more information or any questions regarding background check requirements and procedures, contact the administration or the person in charge of human relations for SSA. They can provide the necessary details.

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