Ethics Training and Reporting

Reporting of Ethical Misconduct is required by law and is our duty as professionals entrusted with the safety and welfare of students every day. Florida Statute section 39.203 and section 768.095 protect the person reporting ethical misconduct from reprisal by the individual reported or the employer if the report was made in good faith without malicious intent. ECAC requires that every employee report any issue that could currently or potentially impact the health, safety, or welfare of its students.

The process for report is as follows. Any incident that an employee believes is potentially harmful to a student should be immediately reported to their immediate supervisor or to the Executive Director. Any employee who knowingly fails to report misconduct or abuse will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Parents, students, and employees should regularly visit the public registry to review it for individuals who may have prior criminal records and sex offenses. Information concerning registered sex offenders and predators in Florida may be obtained by visiting, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders database. Information may also be obtained by contacting the FDLE's toll free telephone number: 1-888-FL-PREDATOR (1-88-357-7332). ECAC performs criminal background checks on its employees and volunteers with unsupervised access to children.

In cases of suspected Physical Abuse, Sexual abuse, or Neglect the employee should report those issues immediately to the 1-800-96Abuse hotline. Notice: All employees will be required to complete ethics training on an annual basis as a condition of their employment with ECAC.

  • Training Requirement All instructional personnel, educational support employees, and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.
  • Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators All employees, educational support employees, and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student.

Contact Information:

Heidi Blalock

CEO | Emerald Coast Autism Center

850-279-3000 | 80 College Blvd. E. Niceville, FL 32578

Staci Berryman, BCBA 1-09-5310

Executive Director | Emerald Coast Autism Center

850-279-3000 | 80 College Blvd. E. Niceville, FL 32578