Child Safety Policy

Child-Safe Policy Statement

Black River Preschool is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and youth accessing our services. We have taken steps to educate our staff about the risks related to child sexual abuse, instituted policies and practices designed to protect children from the risk of child sexual abuse and trained our staff and volunteers about proper reporting requirements.

Harassment Policy
The harassment of any individual is not tolerated at Black River Preschool for any reason.
Comments, conduct, or innuendoes that might reasonably be perceived by others as offensive or harassing must be avoided. Examples of the types of conduct that are covered under the School’s Harassment Policy include the following:
● Inappropriate communications, including any language, which is unnecessarily loud or degrades or berates others, or threats of any kind, whether communicated verbally or in writing.
● Physical abuse, including touching, hitting, kicking, threatening, restraining by force or blocking the path of another.
● Interference or hostile environment, including any behavior or action that interferes with a person’s ability to perform his or her duties and responsibilities, or results in or creates a hostile or intimidating environment.
● Sexual harassment, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual acts or favors, distributing or otherwise sharing sexually explicit materials (in any form or media) and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
● Retaliation, including any adverse action or threat of adverse action taken or made because a person has exercised or attempted to exercise any rights under applicable laws or the policies of the School.
Any individual who feels he or she has been subjected to any type or degree of harassment is to report the incident verbally or in writing to his/her teacher or division head. This policy applies to School personnel, students, parents, vendors and visitors to the campus.

Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Black River Preschool actively follows state requirements and guidelines for reporting child abuse and neglect. All Black River Preschool personnel and parents “having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect” shall:
● Immediately notify the Head of School (who is the liaison and the primary contact person between the school and designated child welfare authorities); and
● Immediately notify the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly called DYFS) by telephone 1-877 NJABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
● [The School will not require confirmation by another person as a condition for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.]