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Reporting Child Abuse

Suspected Abuse Reporting Requirements:

All mandatory reporters are required to report to the proper authorities instances in which they have reason to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect, or that abuse or neglect, or that abuse or neglect was a contributing factor in a child’s death.

  • Failure to report (or knowingly filing false reports) can result in fines and criminal prosecution (including imprisonment).
  • Anyone who is 18 years old or over who witnesses the sexual abuse of a child must report the abuse – if not, then that witness will be subject to fines and criminal prosecution.

Reporting Procedure

Immediately report child abuse directly to the Dept. of Children & Family Services’ Child Protection Hotline.

DCFS

Toll-free Hotline: 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-(855) 452-5437)

Source: LA.R.S. 14:403, 17:81(Y), 3996(B)(35)

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Seclusion and Restraint

The staff of Robert Russa Moton Charter School use positive behavior interventions and support to improve the school climate. Students participate in the development of standards of behavior and consequences. Every effort is used to structure environments and provide supports so that restraint and seclusion are unnecessary.

Restraint and Seclusion should not be used as routine school safety measures, that is, they should not be implemented except in situations where a child’s behavior poses imminent danger of serious physical harm to self and others and not as a routine strategy implemented to address instructional problems or inappropriate behavior.

Source: LA. R.S. 17:252 (M)(2)(a)

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Title IX Compliance

No person in the United States shall, on the bases of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Source:LA.R.S. 17:221.7 (C)(3)