Durango School District 9-R

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Child Protection

  • Pursuant to the Child Protection Act, any school official or employee who has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect or who has observed the child being subjected to circumstances or conditions which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect, as defined by statute, shall immediately report or cause a report to be made to the appropriate county department of human services or local law enforcement agency.
  • Reports of child abuse or neglect, the name and address of the child, family, or informant or any other identifying information in the report shall be confidential and shall not be public information.
  • The district shall provide periodic inservice programs for all administrators and teachers in order to provide them with information about the Child Protection Act, to assist them in recognizing and reporting instances of child abuse and, to instruct them on how to assist victims and their families.
  • School employees and officials shall not contact the child's family or any other persons to determine the cause of the suspected abuse or neglect. It is not the responsibility of the school official or employee to prove that the child has been abused or neglected.

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