Mandated Reporting

Under Massachusetts law, all teachers are required to report all known or suspected cases of child abuse. If child abuse is suspected, the Head of School and Head Teacher will make written documentation of any observations and will contact Children’s Protective Services of DSS to file a 51-A and the Office of Early Education and Care to report the suspected abuse. All staff are given materials about recognizing signs of abuse and/or neglect.

Any allegations concerning abuse or neglect of a child while in the care of PVMS are to be reported to the Head of School. The Head of School must, in turn, report any allegations to the President of the Board of Trustees as well as the Department of Social Services on a 51-A form. The Head of School will also notify the Office of Early Education and Care. Staff members accused of abuse will be suspended immediately, without pay, pending the Department of Social Services investigation.

Pioneer Valley Montessori School, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 • 413-782-3108

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