A new Indiana law requires school employees to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Child Services or to local law enforcement before notifying a principal or designee that a report has been made.
The new law also states that a school “may not establish any policy that restricts or delays the duty of an employee or individual to report under this chapter.”
State Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, one of the legislation’s co-authors, said the change was made because there “is a history of issues like that getting swept under the rug and not reported.”
The Indiana State Teachers Association, through its legal counsel, Eric Hylton, has been making efforts to educate its members on the changes.
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