In compliance with state law and to provide protection to victims of child and dependent adult abuse, the Board believes incidents of alleged child and dependent adult abuse should be reported to the proper authorities, All licensed school employees, teachers, coaches and paraeducators are mandatory reporters as provided by law and are to report alleged incidents of child and dependent adult abuse they become aware of within the scope of their professional duties.

When a mandatory reporter suspects a student is the victim of child abuse, the mandatory reporter shall make an oral report of the suspected child abuse to the Iowa Department of Human Services within 24 hours of becoming aware of the abusive incident and shall make a written report to the Iowa Department of Human Services within 48 hours following the oral report.  If the mandatory reporter believes the child is in immediate danger, the local law enforcement agency will also be notified.

When a mandatory reporter suspects a dependent adult is the victim of abuse, the mandatory reporter will orally or in writing notify the Iowa Department of Human Services.  If the mandatory reporter believes the dependent adult is in immediate danger, the local law enforcement agency will also be notified.  Within forty‐eight hours of the oral report, the mandatory reporter will file a written report with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Within 90 days of their initial employment, mandatory reporters will take a two‐hour training course involving the identification and reporting of child and dependent adult abuse.  The course will re‐taken at least every five years.


Legal Reference:

Iowa Code §§ 232.67‐.77; 235A; 280.17.

441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.

1982 Op. Att’y Gen. 390, 417.

Cross Reference:

402.3 Abuse of Students by School District Employees

502.9 Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies

507 Student Health and Well‐Being

Approved: May 4, 1990

Reviewed: October 14, 2013

Revised: January 23, 2017