Abused and Neglected Child Reporting
A District employee who has reasonable cause to suspect that a
student may be an abused or neglected child shall report immediately
such a case to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
(DCFS) on its Child Abuse Hotline 800/25-ABUSE and follow directions
given by DCFS concerning the filing of a written report within 48 hours
with the nearest DCFS field office. The employee shall notify the
Superintendent or Building Principal that a report has been made.
Any District employee who discovers child pornography on electronic
and information technology equipment shall immediately report it to
local law enforcement, the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children’s Cyber Tipline 800/843-5678, or online at
www.cybertipline.com. The Superintendent or Building Principal shall
also be promptly notified of the discovery and that a report has been
Any District employee who observes any act of hazing that does bodily
harm to a student must report that act to the Building Principal,
Superintendent, or designee who will investigate and take appropriate
action. If the hazing results in death or great bodily harm, the
employee must first make the report to law enforcement and then to the
Superintendent or Building Principal. Hazing is defined as any
intentional, knowing, or reckless act directed to or required of a
student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with,
holding office in, or maintaining membership in any group, organization,
club, or athletic team whose members are or include other students.
Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA), School Code, and Erin’s Law Training
The Superintendent or designee shall provide staff development
opportunities for District employees in the detection, reporting, and
prevention of child abuse and neglect.
All District employees shall:
- Before beginning employment, sign the Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status form provided by DCFS. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the signed forms are retained.
- Complete mandated reporter training as required by law within one
year of initial employment and at least every 5 years after that date.
The Superintendent shall execute the requirements in Board Policy 5:150, Personnel Records,
whenever another school district requests a reference concerning an
applicant who is or was a District employee and was the subject of a
report made by a District employee to DCFS.
The Superintendent shall notify the State Superintendent and the
Regional Superintendent in writing when he or she has reasonable cause
to believe that a certificate holder was dismissed or resigned from the
District as a result of an act that made a child an abused or neglected
child. The Superintendent must make the report within 30 days of the
dismissal or resignation and mail a copy of the notification to the
School Board Member Responsibilities
Each individual Board of Education member must, if an allegation is
raised to the member during an open or closed Board of Education meeting
that a student is an abused child as defined in the Act, direct or
cause the Board of Education to direct the Superintendent or other
equivalent school administrator to comply with the requirements of the
Act concerning the reporting of child abuse.
Adopted: May 4, 1998
Revised: January 20, 2009, January 27, 2014, February 23, 2015