Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

4180 - STUDENT ABUSE AND NEGLECT

The Board of Education is concerned with the physical and mental well-being of the students of this County and will cooperate in the identification and reporting of cases of child abuse or neglect in accordance with law.

Each employee of this County who knows or suspects child abuse or neglect shall be responsible for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect in accordance with the Superintendentís guidelines. Such reporting shall be required in every case that reasonably indicates that a child under the age of eighteen (18) or a physically or mentally disabled child under the age of twenty-one (21) has been abused or neglected or faces the threat of being abused or neglected. Additionally, any person who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has died as a result of child abuse or neglect, shall report that fact to the appropriate medical examiner or coroner.

Any person, official or institution who knowingly fails to report child abuse or neglect or prevents another person from doing so shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

A staff member who suspects child abuse or neglect shall immediately notify the person in charge of the school or facility of such suspicion. Upon such notification, the person in charge of the school or facility shall immediately notify the local office of the Department of Health and Human Services, by telephone, of such suspected abuse or neglect and shall follow-up the telephone notification, if requested to do so by the receiving agency, with a written report, within forty-eight (48) hours. In cases where the reporter believes that the child suffered serious physical abuse or sexual abuse or assault, the reporter shall immediately notify the person in charge of the school or facility who shall also immediately call the appropriate law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.

Nothing herein shall preclude the person first suspecting abuse or neglect from notifying the appropriate agencies on their own behalf, in addition to following the reporting requirements contained herein.

Any person, official or institution participating in good faith shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability.

The identity of the reporting person shall be confidential, subject only to disclosure by consent or court order. Information concerning alleged child abuse of a student is confidential information and is not to be shared with any unauthorized person. A staff member who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and/or civil and/or criminal penalties.

Each principal should be mindful of the possibility of physical or mental abuse being inflicted on a student by an employee. Any such instances, whether real or alleged, should be dealt with in accordance with the administrative guidelines established by the Superintendent, as well as reported as set forth in this policy.

49-6A-1 through 9, Code of West Virginia