Question: Is LiFT a Christian School?
- LiFT is a non-profit, private school specializing in the education of students with neurodiversity.
- Our school was founded on Christian Principles and does offer Religion as an elective should families wish to participate. However, being a Christian is not and has never been a requirement for any of our students, families, or team members.
Question: Are students (or team members) allowed to express their faith at LiFT?
- At LiFT, we embrace all beliefs, faiths, or non-faiths. We encourage open expression and dialogue amongst our students, families, and team members, and LiFT does not promote or condemn any one standard of beliefs.
Question: What if my son or daughter wishes (or does not wish) to participate in the Religion elective of LiFT?
- At LiFT, we embrace all beliefs, faiths, or non-faiths. Participation in the Religion elective is optional and is not a requirement to attend or graduate from LiFT.
Question: Why doesn’t LiFT consider itself a Christian School?
- LiFT is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit education organization and not as a religious institution. While we do offer Religion as an elective for students, it is not a requirement for any of our students to attend and is not part of the core curriculum at LiFT. Our primary focus is and always has been to provide a safe, nurturing, & inclusive environment to provide quality education and social skills for all our students.
Question: What is your educator abuse or misconduct policy?
Under Florida law, all employees must report reasonable suspicions of child abuse to the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline:
1-800-96- Abuse (1-800-962-2873).
Reporting Child Abuse is Everyone’s Responsibility
MANDATORY REPORTING OF EDUCATOR MISCONDUCT
Section 1006.061, Florida Statutes, states all employees and agents of the district school board, charter schools and private schools that accept scholarship students, have an obligation to report alleged misconduct by an instructional personnel member or school administrator which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student.
Examples of Professional Misconduct may Include but not be limited to the following:
- Sexting and/or any other form of unprofessional/unethical communication with a student or colleague
- Being alone with a student in dark or closed rooms or secluded areas
- Behaving in an overly friendly or familiar way or failing to maintain an appropriate professional boundary with a student
- Using forceful or unnecessary physical contact with a student
- Administering discipline not compliant with LiFT Behavior Management Plan
- Accepting or offering of gifts in return for favors or privilege from students or colleagues
- Badgering or habitually teasing a student
- Mocking or belittling a student
- Chronically embarrassing a student
- Displaying prejudice or bigotry against a student
- Using or being suspected of using drugs or alcohol
- Failing to properly supervise students or to ensure student safety
- Cheating or falsifying information or testing violations
- Retaliating against a student or colleague for reporting misconduct
- Bantering or engaging in colloquial or slang communications with a student
- Directing or using profane, offensive, or explosive language in the presence of students
- Making lewd or suggestive comments or overtures toward a student or colleague
HOW TO REPORT ALLEGED EDUCATOR MISCONDUCT
To report alleged educator misconduct to the Leadership Team, please email: Report@liftfl.org
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS/WORKSITES
Sample notices for reporting educator abuse and misconduct can be found HERE
Further information on Educator Misconduct Procedures can be found on the Florida Department of Education WEBSITE.