REPORTING OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
Montessori School of Maui will follow the guidelines set forth by the Child Protective Services of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services. Employees or officers of any public or private school are required to report “if there is reason to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or there exists a substantial risk that child abuse or neglect will occur in the reasonably foreseeable future.”
- Any staff member having evidence or suspicion of child abuse or neglect will report this information to their supervisor. The Head of School will be informed immediately.
- Any employee of MOMI is a mandated reporter.
- Only The Head of School will file a phone report from MOMI. He/she will consult with the staff member to gather the information clearly.
- If there is a question of how to proceed, the Head of School can call and consult with CPS regarding concerns or observations. He/she may deem that the situation is not an emergency in nature i.e. not require immediate police response and may request CPS to have a Social Worker contact the family. The Head of School may have the Teacher contact the family, contact the family themselves or may choose to have the CPS Social Worker contact them without prior notification.
- Employees or officers of any public or private school are required to report “if there is reason to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or there exists a substantial risk that child abuse or neglect will occur in the reasonably foreseeable future.” These reports must be made to the Family and Adult Services Division of the Dept. of Human Services (DHS). This report may be made by telephone, followed with a written report within 48 hours of the telephone report. The Head of School will notify the parents of the child that a report has been made and will be the sole source of information to the family.
- All dealings with police, staff and public media will be the responsibility of the Head of School. No employee other than those authorized by the Head of School is to deal with the police or media.
- The family’s confidentiality will be protected. The exceptions to this would be when a court order subpoenas records, the police or CPS is investigating the case or a signed Release of Information has been filed with the school.
- The confidentiality of the student’s records may also be superseded by court order. In this case the school is required to surrender whatever documents the court requests and may be required to submit reports.