Any employee of the district who has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subject to abuse or neglect or who has observed the child being subjected to circumstances or conditions which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect will immediately report this fact to the local Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS) office or to the local law enforcement agency if the SRS office is not open.
School employees will not contact the child's family or any other persons to determine the cause of the suspected abuse or neglect. It is not the responsibility of the school employees to prove that the child has been abused or neglected.
SRS Access to Students on School Premises
The building principal is authorized to act in loco parentis to protect the interests of the student when allowing a student to be interviewed by SRS representatives on school premises.
Cooperation Between School and Agencies
Elementary and secondary schools, SRS and law enforcement agencies shall cooperate with each other in the investigation of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. To the extent that safety and practical consideration allow law enforcement officers on school premises for the purposes of investigating a report of suspected child abuse or neglect shall not be in uniform.
Approved: NOVEMBER 18, 1996
To comply with the child abuse law, any teacher or other school employee who suspects that a child's physical or mental health or welfare is being adversely affected by abuse or neglect will immediately report such suspicions in the following manner:
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 appropriate, the principal will confer with the school's social worker, guidance counselor or psychologist. At no time shall the principal or any other staff members prevent or interfere with the intent to prevent the making of a report of suspected child abuse.
As much of 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 sexual 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 an adult witness present.
In all cases reported to SRS, it is recommended that an oral report to the principal be made as soon as possible and be followed by a written report.
In Kansas, anyone making a report in accordance with state law or participating in a resulting judicial proceeding is presumed to be acting without malice and in good faith and, in so doing, is immune from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be imposed.
Approved: NOVEMBER 18, 1996