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Original Adopted Date: 4-10-95         Last Revised Date: 5-13-24                            Last Reviewed Date: 5-13-24

In compliance with state law and to provide protection to victims of child abuse, incidents of alleged child abuse should be reported to the proper authorities. All licensed school employees, teachers, coaches and paraeducators and all school employees 18 years of age or older are mandatory reporters as provided by law and are to report alleged incidents of child abuse they become aware of within the scope of their professional duties.

When a mandatory reporter suspects a student is the victim of child abuse, the mandatory reporter shall make an oral report of the suspected child abuse to the Iowa Department of Human Services within 24 hours of becoming aware of the abusive incident and shall make a written report to the Iowa Department of Human Services within 48 hours following the oral report. If the mandatory reporter believes the child is in immediate danger, the local law enforcement agency will also be notified.

Within six months of their initial employment, mandatory reporters will take a two-hour training course involving the identification and reporting of child abuse and dependent adult abuse, or submit evidence they’ve taken the course within the previous three years.  Once the training course has been taken, the certificate will remain valid for three years.  Employees who have taken the two-hour training course will take the one-hour follow-up training course every three years and prior to the expiration of their certificate.

In addition to the training licensed employees receive through the Mandatory Reporter Training the superintendent shall be responsible for developing a specific training program for all staff members that centers on the detection of sexual abuse in victims who are minors. This training shall be provided to all new employees and shall be conducted as part of the district inservice program every three years.

Legal Reference:      Iowa Code §§ 232.67-.77; 232A; 235A; 280.17 

                                 441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.

                                 1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 390, 417.

                                 1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 275. 

Cross Reference:     402.3   Abuse of Students by School District Employees

                                 502.9   Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies

                                 507  Student Health and Well-Being