Policy on Mandated Reporting
Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools
All teachers and administrators are legally mandated reporters.
Each school is responsible to have its staff trained:
- To understand the basic definitions of child abuse
- To recognize signs and symptoms of child abuseTo create an environment to hear a disclosure by a child
- To handle disclosure by a childConcerning state legal responsibility and liability in reporting
- *To know to whom to report To know when to report
After training, each mandated reporter in the school must sign the following statement:
I understand that I am a legally mandated reporter. I have clarified any information listed above which I did not understand and am now aware of my reporting responsibilities and am willing to comply. I have also requested an explanation of reporting policies within this school and understand them as well.
*Each state has its own laws regarding the responsibility of reporting suspected abuse. The US Department of Health and Human Services offers the following web site and hotline for information on laws in each state: 1-800-422-4453.
This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline can tell you where to file a report and can help make the report. Health Canada has a similar web site at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/familyviolence/index.html