Minors at Mt. SAC. Understanding your responsibilities as a college employee. Your Presenters. CAROLYN KEYS DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES SANDY SAMPLES, RN DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES LIVIER MARTINEZ, LCSW LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER LORRAINE WILLIAMS, M.S.W.
Understanding your responsibilities as a college employee
DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES
SANDY SAMPLES, RN
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES
LIVIER MARTINEZ, LCSW
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
LORRAINE WILLIAMS, M.S.W.
MANAGER OF CALWORKS AND CARE
Admissions of Minors
Child Abuse and Neglect
Our admissions policy allows minors to attend Mt. SAC if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Under the age of 18 years old but have graduated high school.
-Concurrently enrolled in 11-12 grade without a high school diploma, but can benefit from advanced scholastic or vocational studies. These students are enrolled through our “Special Admit Program.”
THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT PROTECTS THE PRIVACY OF STUDENT EDUCATIONAL RECORDS.
THE “DISCLOSURE TO PARENTS” SECTION STATES THAT “WHEN A STUDENT TURNS 18 YEARS OLD OR ENTERS A POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION AT ANY AGE, ALL RIGHTS AFFORDED TO PARENTS UNDER FERPA TRANSFER TO THE STUDENT”.
However, ferpa also provides ways in which schools may share information with parents without the student’s consent:
When the student is a dependent for income tax purposes.
If a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.
If the student is under age 21 and has violated any law or policy concerning the use, or possession, of alcohol or a controlled substance.
For more information go to www.ed.gov.
Discipline and removal from the classroom
Injuries and illnesses
Field trips and disasters
Education Code 76032 allows any instructor to remove a student from his or her class for the day of the removal and next class meeting. This removal should be reported to the Director, Student Life. The Director, Student Life can impose further disciplinary action.
When minors are removed from the class, the Director, Student Life shall ask the parent or guardian of the student to attend a parent conference regarding the removal.
Injuries and Illnesses1. 911 and Public Safety should be called in cases where a threat to life or limb is present.2. In a life-threatening situation, consent is “implied” and treatment should never be delayed or withheld.3. Attempt to notify parents as soon as possible is required and usually done by emergency personnel.
parts until help arrives.
1. 911 should be called if a life-threatening emergency occurs.
2. In the event of a disaster, keep the minor with you until parental contact is made or authorities assume custody.
3. Appropriate consents to attend field trips, including consent for first aid and medical treatment, should be obtained prior to the field trip. Forms are available at www.insidemtsac.edu/administrative forms/administrative forms
Different kinds of abuse
Who are mandated reporters
Do I have to report?
How do I make a child abuse report?
The Penal Code (P.C.) defines child abuse as:
“a physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person.”
Child abuse does not include a “mutual affray between minors,” “reasonable and necessary force used by a peace officer” under specified circumstances, or spanking that is reasonable and age appropriate and does not expose the child to risk of serious injury.
(P.C. 11165.6, Welfare and Institutions Code (W&IC) Section 300.)
Penal Code 11165.7 defines “mandated reporters” as (partial list):
School Officials and Educators- public, classified or private: teachers (faculty and academic counselors), instructional aides or assistants, administrative officers, school police, administrator or employee of county office of education or the California Dept. of Education
Medical, Dental and Hospital Personnel- physicians, surgeons, licensed nurses, chiropractors, dentists, residents, interns, emergency medical technicians I/II, paramedics
A mandated reporter is required to report child abuse when :
“… in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment has knowledge of or observes a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.”
Call the child abuse hotline if you are unsure if you should report.
A mandated reporter must make a report as soon as
possible by telephone to a child protective agency or
police (not our campus Public Safety Office) followed by a written report 36 hours after learning of incident.
The following steps will guide in making and filing a child
1. Identify the county where the alleged abuse occurred.
2. The caller will need to have the following information ready:
3. Document the date, time, name of the person taking your information, and the case reference number.
4. The appropriate county Child Abuse Hotline will be called, and a “case reference number” will be obtained.
Los Angeles County 1-800-540-4000
Riverside County 1-800-442-4918
San Bernardino County 1-800-827-8724
Orange County 1-800-207-4464
5. Within 36 hours of learning of incident, the reporter will file a written report by completing a “Suspected Child Abuse Report” (SS 8572) and mailing it to the appropriate county agency. This form is available in Public Safety, Student Health Services and the Child Development Center or online (see related links).
6. Write the case reference number on the top margin of the SS8572 reporting form.
7. Submit online or mail the completed form to appropriate county agency.
The identity of mandated reporters is confidential and may only be disclosed to specified people and agencies. P.C. 11167[d]
Reporting child abuse is not a comfortable process.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! If you have questions or concerns,
use the resources at your disposal. Call to consult, clarify, or to
obtain further guidance.
Student Health Services, ext. 4400
Public Safety, ext. 4555
Child Development Center, ext. 4920
Child Protective Service agencies (refer to list)
Local law enforcement –
Walnut Sheriff’s Department 909/595-2264
www.cccco.edu/chancellorsoffice/divisions/legal/legalopinionL 02-03(Legal Opinion)
www.inside.mtsac.edu/formsclick on administrative forms, Student Travel and Medical Release
Suspected Child Abuse Reporting Form
Q: In case of a campus disaster are we required to keep minor students with us?
A: In a major campus disaster it is reasonable to keep a minor student with you. While this is not required it would be reasonable to do so until the appropriate person assumes responsibility.
Q: If a minor student submits a written assignment indicating personal details about abuse, do I have to report it?
A: Call and consult with the Child Protective Service Agency
Q: Am I required to report suspected child abuse?
A: Yes, you must report it if you suspect it. It may feel uncomfortable, but it is necessary. If you suspect other incidences of child abuse, call and consult with Child Protective Services.
Q: Does FERPA require that I release educational information to a parent if the minor is a dependent for income tax purposes?
A: No, you are not required to release educational information to the parent, but you should direct the parent to the administrator who is responsible for student educational records. The administrator can investigate and determine if the parent has a right to access the records under FERPA.
Q: Am I responsible for a minor if they are left alone on campus or in the library?
A: No you are under no obligation, however, you may contact Public Safety to inform them of the situation.