Parents who have suspicions of possible child abuse are encouraged to bring it to the attention of the school administration immediately. When parents believe there is physical injury and/or cause to fear for the child’s immediate safety call the Tracy Police Department at 209-831-4550. Parents may also call Child Protective Services (CPS) at 209-468-1333 to report suspected abuse.
Below are the staff responsibilities as related to Child Abuse and Neglect:
Duty to Report
Certificated and classified employees are trained in child abuse identification and shall report known or suspected child abuse to a child protective agency by telephone immediately or as soon as practically possible and in writing within thirty-six (36) hours. The reporting duties are individual and cannot be delegated to another.
There are no absolute guidelines specifying what constitutes evidence for reporting suspected child abuse.
The general rule is "When In Doubt, Report".
Tracy Police Dept. 209-831-4550. It is also strongly recommended (but not required) that you contact the school administrator, who can support and guide you through the process.
In all other instances, the phone call should be to the Child Protective Services (CPS), phone 209-468-1333.
The telephone report must be made immediately or as soon as practically possible, upon suspicion of abuse. The verbal report will include:
At the time the verbal report is made, the mandated reporter shall note the name of the official contacted, the date and time contacted, and any instructions or advice received.
RETAIN COPY FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
The written report shall include completion of the required Standard Department of Justice form
The Department of Justice forms are also available from the school principal. The school principal will assist the mandated reporter in completing the verbal and written report.
Reporters should request assistance from the site administrator in completing and mailing the form; however, the mandated reporter is still responsible for ensuring that the written report is correctly filed.
Upon request, a child protective agency representative may interview a suspected victim of child abuse during school hours, on school premises, concerning a report of suspected child abuse that occurred within the child’s home or away from the child’s home. The child shall be given the choice of being interviewed in private or in the presence of any adult school employee or volunteer aide selected by the
A staff member or volunteer aide selected by a child may decline to be present at the interview. If the
selected person accepts, the principal or designee shall inform him/her before the interview takes place, or
the following legal requirements:
If a staff member agrees to be present, the interview shall be held at a time during school hours.
When a child is released to a peace officer and taken into custody as a victim of suspected child abuse, the Superintendent and/or principal shall NOT notify the parent or guardian as required in other instances of removal of a child from school, but rather shall provide the peace officer with the address and telephone number of the child’s parent or guardian.
It is the responsibility of the peace officer to notify the parent or guardian of the situation. Peace officers will be asked to sign an appropriate release or acceptance of responsibility form.
Regardless of who the child abusers may be, parents, relatives or school staff, the responsibility of mandated reporters is t
DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT THE SUSPECTED ABUSE ACTUALLY OCCURRED IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEE. Such determination and follow-up investigation is the responsibility of the child protective agency or local police agency.
Pending the outcome of an investigation by a child protective agency and prior to the filing or formal charges, a suspect employee may be subject to reassignment or a paid leave of absence.
Disciplinary action resulting from the filing of formal charges or upon conviction shall be accordance with district policies, regulations, and/or collective bargaining agreement. The Superintendent or designee should consult with legal counsel in implementing either suspension or dismissal.