Reporting Child Abuse
Connecticut General Statutes § 17a-101 requires school teachers, school principals, school guidance counselors, school paraprofessionals, licensed nurses, psychologists, social workers and coaches of intramural or interscholastic athletics who have reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child has been abused, neglected, or placed in imminent risk of serious harm to report such abuse and/or neglect.
Furthermore, it is the policy of the Board of Education to require all personnel who have reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child has been abused or neglected to report such cases to the building principal or his/her designee or other professional staff, who must then proceed in accordance with the law, Board policy and administrative regulations.
Legal reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
17a-101 Protection of children from abuse.
Educational and training programs.
17a-106 Cooperation in relation to prevention,
identification and treatment of child abuse and
Adopted: June 18, 1990
Revised: December 2, 2008