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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 20. State Board of Education
Chapter 671. Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

8VAC20-671-690. Suspected child abuse and neglect.

A. Written policies and procedures related to child abuse and neglect shall comply with the requirements of § 63.2-1509 of the Code of Virginia and distributed to all staff members. Policies and procedures shall include:

1. Handling accusations against staff; and

2. Reporting immediately, but under no circumstance later than 24 hours after having a suspicion of a reportable offense of child abuse and neglect to the child protective services unit of the local department of social services of the county or city wherein the abuse or neglect was believed to have occurred or to the Department of Social Services toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline and for cooperating with the unit during any investigation.

B. Any case of suspected child abuse or neglect occurring at the school or on a school-sponsored event or excursion shall be reported immediately to the student's parent and the department. For publically placed students, the home school division and the placing agency shall also be notified.

C. Suspected child abuse or neglect shall be immediately documented to include the following:

1. The date and time the suspected abuse or neglect occurred;

2. A description of the suspected abuse or neglect;

3. Action taken as a result of the suspected abuse or neglect;

4. The name of the person who made the report to child protective services; and

5. The name of the person to whom the report was made at the local child protective services unit.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-321 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. August 26, 2015.

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