Teachers given the all-clear
EDUCATION Queensland has concluded its enquiries into the appropriateness of the content of the Facebook sites of Warwick State High School teachers Ann Kingston-Kerr and Helen Casey.
Darling Downs and South West regional director Greg Dickman said the investigation found that both teachers had not breached departmental guidelines relating to the private use of social networking sites.
“However, both staff members have been reminded of the ongoing need to ensure all conduct in relation to the use of social networking sites is beyond reproach and in line with the expectations of the Department,” Mr Dickman said.
“Both teachers performed other duties for the Department’s Darling Downs and South West Region while the investigation was under way. They had never been suspended.”
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Mr Dickman confirmed Ms Kingston-Kerr had returned to the school to resume her normal teaching duties, while Ms Casey would continue in her regional role, where she had been working this year.
“The Department’s Code of Conduct requires its employees to ensure that the content of their private social networking sites is appropriate,” he said.
“All complaints of misconduct against teachers and other departmental staff are forwarded to the Ethical Standards Unit for assessment and management.
“Employees are entitled to be treated fairly, and the principles of natural justice apply to them during the course of an investigation.”