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8462 Policy_Student Abuse and Neglect

The Board of Education is concerned with the physical and mental well-being of the students of this District and
will cooperate in the identification and reporting of cases of child abuse or neglect in accordance with law.
 
Each staff member employed by this District who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect shall be
responsible for reporting immediately every case, whether ascertained or suspected, of abuse or neglect resulting
in physical or mental injury to a student by other than accidental means.
 
The staff member or appropriate administrator in the presence of the staff member 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.
 
S/He shall also notify the appropriate administrator according to the District's Reporting Procedure for Student
Abuse or Neglect.
 
The identity of the reporting person shall be confidential, subject only to disclosure by consent or court order. A
reporting staff member shall not be dismissed, disciplined or otherwise discriminated against in regards to
employment, or threatened with any such treatment for making a good faith report of child abuse or neglect.
 
Information concerning alleged child abuse is confidential. Any unauthorized disclosure by an official or employee
of the District is a violation of the law and may subject the disseminator to civil liability for resulting damages and
disciplinary action.
 
Each principal should be mindful of the possibility of physical or mental abuse being inflicted on a student by a
staff member. Any such instances, whether real or alleged, should be dealt with in accordance with the
administrative procedures established by the Superintendent.
 
The Superintendent shall ensure that every employee of the school district receives training in identifying children
who have been abused or neglected and in the laws and procedures governing the reporting of suspected child
abuse or neglect. An employee shall receive training within the first six (6) months of employment with the school
district and at least once every five (5) years after that initial training.
 
48.981, Wis. Stats.
118.07. Wis. Stats.
 
Revised:  February 13, 2012
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
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Shari Weinstock,
Feb 14, 2012, 1:26 PM
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