Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect 4-68.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-68.1


Child Abuse or Neglect

Regulations governing child abuse or neglect allegations are designated below.

  1. An abused or neglected child is defined as any child less than eighteen (18) years of age who is without parental care or guardianship caused by the unreasonable absence or the mental or physical incapacity of the child's parent, guardian, legal custodian or other person standing in loco parentis; or whose parents or other person responsible for his care:
    1. Create or inflict, threaten to create or inflict, or allow to be created or inflicted upon such child a physical or mental injury by other than accidental means, or create a substantial risk of death, disfigurement, or impairment of bodily or mental functions;
    2. Neglect or refuse to provide care necessary for his health; however, no child who in good faith is under treatment solely by spiritual means through prayer in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination shall for that reason alone be considered to be abused or neglected;
    3. Abandon such child;
    4. Commit or allow to be committed any act of sexual exploitation or any sexual act upon a child in violation of the law;
    5. Unreasonable absences him/herself or is mentally or physically incapable of caring for the child.
  2. Any teacher or other person employed by the School Board will report any cases of suspected child abuse or neglect immediately to the principal. Principals shall then immediately report such incidents of suspected abuse or neglect to the local Department of Social Services and allow Child Protective Services authorities to determine the necessity of a child abuse investigation. If the person suspected of the abuse is the principal, the report shall be made directly to the Department of Social Services.
  3. When the person suspected of abuse is an employee of the School Board, an investigation will also be conducted by the Department of Human Resources and Child Protective Services. Employees found guilty of such conduct or who have a founded case of neglect or abuse will be recommended for termination.

Code of Va., § 16.1-228. Definitions.

Code of Va., § 22.1-279.1. Corporal punishment prohibited.

Code of Va., § 63.2-1509. Physicians, nurses, teachers, etc., to report certain injuries to children; penalty for failure to report.

Code of Va., § 63.2-1511. Complaints of abuse and neglect against school personnel; interagency agreement.

Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Revised by Superintendent: August 18, 1992
Revised by Superintendent: March 8, 2006