Protecting the health and welfare of students is the most important and fundamental responsibility of every professional educator. Consequently, it is imperative that all school personnel be educated and hold fast to Arizona’s laws regarding the safety of children in Arizona’s classrooms. These laws include important guidelines on reporting allegations of child abuse and professional misconduct. Failure to comply with these laws can, above all, result in the needless victimization of children, and may also lead to criminal and administrative proceedings against those who fail to make the required reports.
The document above is designed to guide Arizona’s professional educators through the process of reporting allegations of child abuse and professional misconduct to the appropriate authorities. Also contained in the document is vital information regarding state resources available to both traditional public schools and charter schools. This information is presented to ensure that Arizona’s students are provided the safest possible learning environment.