This guide is written for New York State laws, and is not intended for any other state.
The #1 priority for any superintendent of schools is the safety and welfare of the children entrusted to their care. Ensuring that your staff are clear about their responsibilities as mandated reporters under New York State law is absolutely critical. Too often suspicions or allegations of child abuse are not reported in a timely fashion, or worse, are investigated by school personnel before being reported to the authorities. With the worsening economy, there is greater stress on families resulting in increased referrals to Child Protective Services.
Recent events in several New York State school districts have shown that even with the best of intentions, school administrators and teachers are still uncertain as to their responsibilities as mandated reporters and have failed to report suspicions in a timely manner.
As a result, the law has changed and Chapter 193 of the Laws of 2007 now makes specific requirements for teachers and other mandated reporters who suspect abuse or neglect. Although training has been offered and there are materials available (written brochures and online resources) for your staff, we believe that our NPR reference guide is the easiest and most useful resource available. It is compatible with any school district's police, since it lists NYS legal requirements, which all mandated reporters and educational agencies must adhere to and follow.
- Protect your students from harm
- Protect your teachers from possible inaction
- Protect your district and administrators from liability