Staff members, because of their proximity to students are frequently confronted with situations which, if handled incorrectly, could result in liability to the District and personal liability to the professional staff member. It is the intent of the School Board to direct the preparation of guidelines that would minimize that possibility.
A staff member, or a person who works or volunteers with children, who is found to have had sexual contact with a student, including a student age sixteen (16) or older, shall be referred to the proper authorities and be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.
This section should not be construed as affecting any obligations on the part of staff to report suspected child abuse under Wis. Stats. 48.981 and Policy 8462.
It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to prepare administrative procedures to ensure the maintenance of the following standards:
Most information concerning a child in school, is a confidential student record under federal and state laws. Any staff member who shares confidential information with another person not authorized to receive the information may be subject to discipline or civil liability. This includes, but is not limited to, information concerning assessments, grades, behavior, family background, and alleged child abuse (see Policy 8330).
Pursuant to the laws of the state and Board Policy 8462, if an employee has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect, the employee or appropriate administrator in the presence of the employee shall immediately call the local office of the Child Welfare Department or local law enforcement agency and shall secure prompt medical attention for any such injuries reported. Furthermore, that employee shall notify the appropriate administrator according to the District's Reporting Procedure for Student Abuse or Neglect.
Section 48.981 of the Wisconsin Statutes (abused or neglected children and abused unborn children)
Chapter 948 of the Wisconsin Statutes (crimes against children)
Section 948.095 of the Wisconsin Statutes (sexual assault of a child by a school staff person or a person who works or volunteers with children)
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009
Revised: August 29, 2011
Revised February 8, 2016