Report your suspicions to your building supervisor as well.
The law in New York State (2007) is very clear about this:
Mandated reporters (that’s teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, administrators, and other school personnel required to hold a teaching certificate or administrative license) must report their suspicions directly to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, rather than rely on the school principal or supervisor to pass along what is reported to them. A supervisor cannot demand prior approval before a report of suspected child abuse or maltreatment is filed.
Any mandated reporter who fails to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment could be charged with a class A misdemeanor and sued in civil court for monetary damages.
Mandated reporters who make a report in good faith are protected from civil or criminal liability.
You, alone, are at risk if you do not make the phone call. The BTA advises you to inform your building administrator and to make the call (not necessarily in that order). Some very good people in Bedford a few years ago lost their jobs because they waited for their supervisor to make the call.
If you are uncomfortable making the call, and you don’t know if your administrator will call with you, talk to David Katz. He will be glad to make the call with you.
Visit www.ocfs.state.ny.us for information and a guide for mandated reporters.
We have the responsibility to protect ourselves and the children in our care.