Abuse Policy Guidelines
It is the policy of the Des Moines Diocesan Board of Education, in keeping with the Iowa Code, that all certified employees of schools of the Diocese of Des Moines are mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and must report suspected abuse to the Department of Human Services. Mandatory reporters are required to file a report when the person “reasonably believes a child has suffered abuse.” Within 48 hours of the oral report, a written report must be forwarded to the Department. Each report should contain as much of the following information as can be obtained within the time limit:
1. Name, age, address of the suspected abused child.
2. Name, address of parents, guardian or persons legally responsible for the child’s care.
3. Description of injury/ies, including evidence of previous injuries.
4. Name, age, and condition of other children in the home.
5. The child’s whereabouts if different from parents, guardian, or persons legally responsible for the child.
6. Any other information considered helpful.
7. Name, address of person(s) making report. The law specifies that a report will be considered valid even if it does not contain all of the above information.
It is not the responsibility of the Diocesan school employee to prove that a child has been abused or neglected, and Diocesan school employees shall not take it upon themselves to investigate the case or contact the family of the child to ask questions or make any kind of judgment. School administrators are to be notified about all reports submitted to the Department of Human Services.
Child Abuse Allegations of Abuse by School Employees
St. Joseph employees are prohibited from being physically abusive to students (striking a student, sexual abuse). Students, or their parents, who allege abuse from a St. Joseph employee should report the alleged abuse to any of the following individuals: Phyllis Konchar, Principal, or Carie Kremer, Administrative Assistant at 515-266-3433.