Ethical Practices

Ethical Practices of maaps Members

As members of the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools, we recognize our responsibility for the welfare, training and education of the students in our care.

We subscribe to the statement originally made by the 1928 White House Conference on Child Care, that

children have a right to a life on which their handicap casts no shadow, but which is full day to day with those things which make it worthwhile; with comradeship, love, work, play, laughter and tears; a life in which these things bring continually increasing growth, richness, release of energies, and joy in achievement.

We, therefore, support the concept that our member schools strive to supply the best possible environment for the students under our care to grow, learn, develop, create, and assimilate values that they may take their rightful place in society.

We are responsible to the diversity of needs of our students and, to the best of our professional ability, meet those needs.

To uphold and honor the purposes of the Association we shall:

  • represent, truthfully and fairly, our school by whatever medium of communication;
  • maintain standards of truth and fairness in enrolling students and in our relationship with students and staff and refuse to discriminate against students, staff, parents or guardians on the basis of race, color, sex, religious affiliation, nationality, disability or ethnic origin;
  • maintain helpful and cooperative relationships with other member schools, including the observance of fair and truthful practices in staff hiring and student recruitment;
  • consult promptly with parents or guardians as to the advisability of removing a student from school should it be clear that the student is not appropriately placed;
  • abide by and adhere to the rules of regulatory agencies as far as the same shall govern us;
  • honor our financial commitments to parents, guardians, staff, vendors and others;
  • uphold and maintain in all possible ways the highest professional standards in the conduct of our staff and school;
  • strive continually to improve our knowledge and skill in the education and treatment of our students, and make available to the students, to those closely associated with them, and to our colleagues, the benefits of our professional attainments;
  • strive continually to uphold these ethics, assist colleagues in upholding these ethics and be available to the Association to work with other member schools in meeting the code of ethics and providing the best possible environment for students in our care.

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