5:90 - Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

Policy 5:90

Personnel

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 made.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Complete mandated reporter training as required by law within one year of initial employment and at least every 5 years after that date.

Superintendent Responsibilities

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 certificate holder.

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

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