Safe Environment Policies for the well-being of our children.

In accordance with Section 1006.61(1), Florida Statutes, PJPII School has posted this notice that all employees have a duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; have immunity from liability if they report, and have a duty to comply with child protective investigations.

In accordance with Section 1006.61(2), Florida Statutes, PJPII School has posted these policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student, the contact person to whom the report is made, and the penalties for failure to report.

All school personnel (and all volunteers) must attend the Diocesan-approved “Safe Environment Training”, and have Level II Fingerprinting and Background Checks completed successfully.

Click here to view the Diocesan Policy on Harassment in Non-Employment Situations in Schools, Early Childhood Centers, Parish Youth Ministry and Parish Religious Education Programs

Click here to access the Harassment Reporting Form for Non-Employment Situations for the Diocese of St. Petersburg

Child Abuse Reporting Requirements for School Personnel

 

PJPII uses the following procedures for reporting child abuse:

• Anyone who suspects child abuse is ethically obligated to report that abuse. • Under Florida statutes 39.201, persons LEGALLY obligated to report are:

• School teachers and all other school personnel

• Social workers, foster care workers

• Physicians, nurses, hospital personnel

• Medical examiners, law enforcement officers

• Day-care workers, residential and institutional workers • Mandatory reporters are required to give their names.

• Any professional failing to report, or preventing another to report, is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor and may be prosecuted.

• “Child” is defined as an unmarried person under 18 years of age.

• FS 39.203, Anyone making a report “in good faith” is specifically immune from any civil or criminal liability charges

• The name of a person who reports abuse will NOT be released to anyone other than the employees of DCF, law enforcement or the state attorney without WRITTEN consent of the person reporting.

• School personnel are advised to discuss the suspicion or situation of abuse with the administrator and/or guidance counselor.

• Administrator and/or guidance counselor will assist in the completion of report summary (form provided on Administrators’ Website)

• Administrator and/ or guidance counselor will WITNESS the report.

• School staff must understand, the person who had initially received the information MUST make the report

• The administrator or guidance counselor can not make the report for another person.

 

School Personnel Responsibility:

• To report abuse as mandated by law to the Florida Abuse Hotline IMMEDIATELY!

• To provide a safe place for the child within the school as appropriate.

• To provide a private place for in-school interviews.

• To participate in the DCF interview if requested by the student/ parent and agreed upon by DCF and/ or Law Enforcement

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