CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT
When any MSAD #75 employee or contracted individual knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that any child enrolled in the district may be a victim of child abuse or neglect, he/she will notify the Principal or a designee appointed by the principal.
Child abuse and neglect, as defined by Maine Statute, means “the physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child under the age of 18 years by a person who is responsible for the child’s welfare under the circumstances which indicate that the child’s health or welfare is harmed or threatened thereby.” Persons responsible for the child’s welfare include parents, guardians, and others who serve in loco parentis. (School staff serve in loco parentis.)
School staff members are mandated by Maine Law to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Mt. Ararat Middle School beliefs include the concept of advocacy for children who are victims of child abuse or neglect. At the same time, our beliefs include the establishment of a supportive and understanding relationship with parents. Abuse/neglect situations present an opportunity for parents to get support and education from staff at Mt. Ararat Middle School.