Child Abuse Reporting
All District Employees, with actual knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse/neglect, shall report instances of suspected child abuse or neglect, by telephone immediately, or as soon as practically possible, to an appropriate child protective agency and shall prepare and send a written report thereof to the same child protective agency called within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident.It is the responsibility of all staff to protect students from abuse and neglect by becoming knowledgeable about abuse and neglect, its indicators, filing mandatory suspected child abuse reports as required, and cooperating with one of the following child protective agencies below:Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS): (800) 540-4000
Early Education Centers/State Preschools must also report to the Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Care Licensing Office:
- Culver City Office (310) 337-4335
- Monterey Park Office (323) 981-3350
Resources for Families
Families can have conversations with children to help prevent child abuse and/or to recognize signs of abuse. It’s important for children to have healthy and appropriate adult-child relationships in the community and at school, including online. Families can speak up and report to appropriate agencies when they sense something is not right, such as school staff transporting students in personal vehicles without appropriate authorization, holding students alone at lunch or after class for non-school-related reasons, texting or calling students for non-school-related reasons, engaging in non-academic social media contact, buying food or gifts for non-school related reasons, demonstrating physical/verbal interactions that appear too friendly with students or appear to be singling students out, or staff being rumored to have inappropriate relationships with students. Trust your instincts when you see something that doesn’t seem right. There are staff and agencies available to help.
Family-friendly videos on how to look for signs of abuse and how to talk about the topic as a family.