Any district employee who has reason to know or suspect that a child has been injured as a result of physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse shall promptly report the matter to the local Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS) office or to the local law enforcement agency if the SRS office is not open.
Approved: FEBRUARY 18, 1997
The employee making the report will not contact the child's family or any other person(s) to determine the cause of the suspected abuse or neglect.
SRS Access to Students on School Premises (See JCAC) In cases of suspected abuse or neglect, the building principal shall allow a student to be interviewed by SRS or law enforcement representatives on school premises and shall act to protect the student's interests during the interview.
Cooperation Between School and Agencies
Principals shall work with SRS and law enforcement agencies to cooperate in investigating reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. To the extent that safety is not compromised, law enforcement officers investigating complaints of suspected child abuse or neglect while school is in session shall not be in uniform on school property.
The employee shall promptly report to the local SRS office or law enforcement if SRS is closed. It is recommended that the building administrator also be notified after the report is made.
If the building principal has been notified, the principal shall immediately notify the superintendent that the initial report to SRS has been made.
If available, the following information shall be given by the person making the initial report: name, address and age of the student; name and address of the parents or guardians; nature and extent of injuries or description of neglect or abuse; and any other information that might help establish the cause of the child's condition.
Any personal interview or physical inspection of the child by any school employee shall be conducted in an appropriate manner with another adult witness present.
Anyone making a report in accordance with state law and without malice shall be immune from any civil liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.
Approved: February 18, 1997