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JHC-RA Reporting and Investigating Child Abuse and Neglect
On July 18, 2019, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Regulation JHC-RA, Reporting and Investigating Child Abuse and Neglect, was revised by the superintendent of schools to reflect recent updates to Maryland and federal law, and online electronic child abuse reporting practices. Specifically, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, prohibits any individual who is a school employee, contractor, or agent, from assisting a school employee, contractor, or agent in obtaining a new job, apart from the routine transmission of administrative and personnel files, if the individual or agency knows, or has probable cause to believe, that such an individual engaged in sexual misconduct regarding a minor or student in violation of the law. Further, recent updates to the Criminal Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland make it a misdemeanor for a mandated reporter to knowingly fail to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. Such an individual may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and be subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both.