SCHOOL LAW ADVISORY
Volume 29, No. 2
In 2015, the Maine Legislature revised the statutes requiring mandatory reporters - including most school personnel – to report suspected abuse or neglect of children to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”). Recently, both DHHS and local prosecutors have been taking a closer look at – and in some cases investigating – whether schools have met their reporting obligations, focusing in particular on the timeliness of their reports. Now more than ever, it is important that schools revisit their policies, procedures, and training to insure that they comply with the recent legislative changes and to make sure that all employees understand their legal obligation to report suspected abuse or neglect of students immediately.
Under Maine law, all mandatory reporters – including school administrators, nurses, teachers, ed techs, guidance counselors, social workers, and bus drivers, and ...To continue reading, visit https://schoollaw.com/school-law-advisory.