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H.U.G. Code of Ethics

The mission of the H.U.G. Reading Program is to promote the literacy skills of struggling readers in elementary schools. All tutors must adhere to the general rules while in service for the children.

  1. Be honest
  2. Comply with the law. Do background check
  3. Role model good citizenship. (moral character foundation)

The following specific rules of conduct guide volunteer behavior and are not intended to limit the application of the forging general rules. The guidance below is developed to protect each group: student, volunteers, teachers.

  1. Tutor will treat all students participants, parents, other volunteers and staff with respect and consideration. H.U.G. will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, gender, culture, socio-economic status, religion or creed, or handicapping condition.
  2. Tutors will use only positive techniques while working with the students including: positive reinforcement, encouragement, redirection, and anticipation and presentation of potential problems. Tutors will alert school staff to any issues shared about a harmful situation in the child’s life.
  3. Tutors should be at their assigned sites only during regularly scheduled tutoring sessions.
  4. Tutors will not use tobacco products at the school sites at any time.
  5. Tutors clothing must be appropriate and follow the school dress code.
  6. Tutors will not carry a concealed weapon or firearm on school ground at ANY time.
  7. Tutors will not use profanity in the presence of the students parents or staff.
  8. Tutors will maintain confidentiality and will discuss information about students only with the school staff and the tutors. The online website access will have pass code protection for each profile sheet on each student.
  9. Falsifying information on the H.U.G. application is a breach of the Ethics Code and will result in the applicant being denied the opportunity to volunteer with the H.U.G. Reading Program.
  10. Tutors should report, in confidence, any suspected violation of the Ethics Code to the Program Director.
  11. NO private gifts or food should be given to the students. ALL students will be given a summer reading book and the volunteers can write messages in the books.
  12. Visiting students outside of school is not recommended. This is to protect the tutors and the student in order to maintain the best relationship for tutoring.

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