|Tippecanoe School Corporation|
|Bylaws & Policies|
8462 - CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
As an agency of the State, the School Board is concerned with the physical and mental well-being of the children of this School Corporation and will cooperate in the identification and reporting of cases of child abuse or neglect in accordance with law.
Any school employee who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect shall immediately make an oral or a written report to the Department of Child Services or to local law enforcement. After the report has been made, the school employee shall notify the building principal a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been made to the Department of Child Services or to local law enforcement. School personnel will not contact parents to determine the cause of suspected child abuse or neglect, or otherwise investigate the suspected abuse or neglect.
Both the school employee and building principal should completely document the report including date, time, and reporting agency contact. Building principals should notify the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction after a report has been made to Department of Child Services or local law enforcement.
All records of suspected child abuse or neglect will be kept confidential.
The Board requires that each Corporation employee who is likely to have direct, ongoing contact with children within the scope of his/her employment attend or participate in training on child abuse and neglect, including training on the duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect under I.C. 31-33-5 and training on recognizing possible signs of child abuse or neglect at least once every two (2) years.
This training may include an in-person presentation, an electronic or technology based medium, including self-review modules available on an online system, an individual program of student of designated materials, or other.
The training required by this policy shall count toward the Board’s requirements for professional development and be provided during the Corporation employee’s contracted day or at a time chosen by the employee.
Not later than December 15, 2018 and annually thereafter, the Corporation shall provide age appropriate and research and evidence based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. This instruction may be delivered by a school safety specialist, school counselor, or any person with training and expertise in the area of child abuse and child sexual abuse.
A staff member who violates this policy in any way may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
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