The Clark County School District is moving towards changing its policy for reporting abuse.
Employees are required to report abuse if they see it from full-time teachers, administrators, bus drivers, coaches, and counselors.
There’s a big change in CCSD policy that if a child shows signs of being abused, adults employed through the district must contact school police and call the child abuse hotline.
Under new state law, these employees will be looking for sex trafficking cases too.
CCSD Chief of Staff Kirsten Searer said the district always looks at adjusting its policies. It just happens that these changes come after a seven-year-old was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and step-father last school year.
"Potential sexual abuse, potential physical abuse, neglect, if they child isn't being fed or cared for at home,” Searer said. "This, hopefully, will be a helpful training for them and it also sends a very clear message to them that we expect them to take any potential abuse, seriously."
An unidentified person from Roundy Elementary School reported suspected abuse of R.J. Arrington to Child Protective Services.
Child Protective Services sent the following statement:
"The Department of Family Services is supportive of the policy changes and we recognize the school district as one of the best partners we have in protecting children."
As for what faculty should do in a situation as serious as recognizing child abuse, Searer said training will help these employees make swift decisions.
"We tell our employees that they are not the ones who should be investigating potential child abuse,” Searer said. “That's why it's so important that they call the child abuse hotline and turn it over to the people who really are trained in how to look for this."
According to court records, both the mother and step father to R.J. Arrington go on trial for his murder in September.
As for the policy changes, they won't be official until a second mandatory public hearing in May.