5:090 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

Any District employee who suspects or receives knowledge that a student may be an abused or neglected child or, for a student aged 18 through 21, an abused or neglected individual with a disability, shall immediately: (1) report such a case to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on its Child Abuse Hotline 800/25-ABUSE or 217/524-2606, and (2) follow any additional directions given by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to complete a report.  After reporting to DCFS, the employee shall complete the reporting document and submit this report to the superintendent or building principal.  All District employees shall sign the “Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status” form provided by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services and the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the signed forms are retained.

Any District employee who discovers child pornography on electronic and information technology equipment shall immediately report it to local law enforcement, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline. The Superintendent or designee who is responsible for reporting the discovery shall call 800/843-5678, or online at www.cybertipline.com.

Any District employee who observes any act of hazing that does bodily harm to a student must report that act to the Building Principal, Superintendent or designee who will investigate and take appropriate action.  If the hazing results in death or great bodily harm, the employee must first make the report to law enforcement and then to the Superintendent or Building Principal.  Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, reckless act directed to or required of a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any group, organization, club, or athletic team whose members are or include students.

The Superintendent shall execute the requirements in Board policy 5:150, Personnel Records, whenever another school district requests a reference concerning an applicant who is or was a District employee and was the subject of a report made by a District employee to DCFS.

The Superintendent shall notify the State Superintendent and the Regional Superintendent in writing when he or she has reasonable cause to believe that a certificate holder was dismissed or resigned from the District as a result of an act that made a child an abused or neglected child. The Superintendent must make the report within 30 days of the dismissal or resignation and mail a copy of the notification to the certificate holder.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide staff development opportunities for school personnel working with students in grades kindergarten through 12, in the detection, reporting, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Cross Reference: 

5:020 Workplace Harassment Prohibited

5:100 Staff Development Program

5:150 Personnel Records

6:120 Education of Children with Disabilities

7:020 Harassment of Students Prohibited

7:150 Interviews by Child Advocacy Agencies

Legal Reference(s): 

105 ILCS 5/10-21.9.

20 ILCS 1305/1-1 et seq.

20 ILCS 2435/.

325 ILCS 5/.

720 ILCS 5/12C-50.1(b)

Date Adopted:   April 22, 2011

Date Amended:  December 11, 2013