POLICY NUMBER: 5004 DATE APPROVED: 1995-01
SUBJECT: CHILD ABUSE
When a School District No. 60 employee has reasonable grounds for suspecting another employee is abusing a student or if a student discloses and makes an allegation naming a School District employee, the employee shall follow the steps as outlined in the Regulations attached to this policy.
When a School District No. 60 employee has reasonable grounds for suspecting another employee is abusing a student or if a student discloses and makes an allegation naming a School District employee, the employee shall immediately proceed with the following steps:
1. Report to the administrative officer/supervisor. (Note – In the case where the administrative officer/supervisor is the alleged perpetrator, the employee will report directly to the Superintendent of Schools.)
2. The administrative officer/supervisor will report directly to the Superintendent of Schools/Secretary-Treasurer. If the Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer is unavailable, the Assistant Superintendent / Controller shall be notified.
Information which the Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer will require includes:
a) name, age, grade and telephone number of the student
b) names of the parents/guardians
c) details regarding the incident
d) name and telephone number of the employee reporting
e) name and telephone number of the employee accused
3. The Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer or designate will:
a) Notify any other people who may be appropriate, such as presidents of local employee organizations or associations involved.
b) Investigate to determine whether or not suspension of the employee is warranted. (See The School Act). An administrative officer/supervisor may be asked to assist in this task. The alleged perpetrator and the student making the allegation may or may not be notified/involved.
c) Be responsible for notifying the parents/guardians of any students who may have been affected.
d) Notify the R.C.M.P. if it has been determined there are grounds for a criminal investigation. Administrative officers/supervisors, by law, must cooperate with police in criminal investigations.
e) Notify the Superintendent of Family and Child Services if necessary to ensure the protection of students. Typically, protection would be assured by the temporary suspension from duties of the alleged offender.