REPORTING OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Wisconsin law requires school district personnel to report all suspected incidents of child abuse and/or neglect to the proper authorities. Because the Board of Education is concerned with the welfare of all children it recognizes the legal and ethical obligations to report suspected abuse or neglect and expects district staff to act in accordance with all appropriate Wisconsin statutes.
School personnel who are required to report cases of suspected abuse or neglect include, but are not limited to, teachers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, administrators, counselors, physical therapists, speech/language clinicians, teacher aides, secretaries and bus drivers. Anyone who, in good faith, participates in the making of a report pursuant to the legal mandate shall in so doing be immune from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be imposed. State law also protects district employees from being discharged from employment as a direct result of such a report.
The Board of Education supports a preventive approach to child abuse and neglect and will provide training to school personnel in recognizing the indicators of abuse or neglect and in working with families in attempting to eliminate the conditions which may have contributed to the suspected abuse or neglect.
LEGAL REFERENCE: WISCONSIN STATUTES
48.981 Abused or Neglected Children and Abused Unborn Children
CROSS-REFERENCE: 454 Rule Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Guidelines
454 Exhibit Record of Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect
445 Student Interviews by Law Enforcement and Social Services Officials
Adopted: March 16, 2000
FRIESS LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT