Child Protective Services
SBP 25-1.11 Safety of Students and Child Abuse and Neglect – CPS states, “An abused or neglected child shall mean any child fewer than eighteen years of age whose parents or other person responsible for his care creates or inflicts, threats to create or inflict, or allows to be created or inflicted upon such child a physical or mental injury by other than accidental means, or creates a substantial risk of death, disfigurement, impairment of bodily or mental functions; neglects or refuses to provide care necessary for his health; abandons such child; or commits or allows to be committed any sexual act upon a child in violation of law.”
Procedures for Reporting
- Any APS employee who observes evidence or has any suspicion of physical, sexual, or mental abuse or neglect of a child must report this to the school principal.
- If a staff member is involved, the principal/designee must report the incident immediately to the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, or designee. If a staff member is not involved, the principal must report the incident to the Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services.
- A report must be filed immediately by the principal or designee with CPS. In reports that must involve the Police, the principal/designee must ask if CPS or the principal/designee needs to call the Arlington County Police.
Virginia Code §63.2-1509 states, “Any person required to file a report pursuant to this section who fails to do so as soon as possible, but no longer than 24 hours after having reason to suspect a reportable offense of child abuse or neglect, shall be fined not more than $500 for the first failure and for any subsequent failure not less than $1,000.”