Dear School Leaders,
On March 24, 2021, the Legislature of the State of Arizona passed an amendment to Senate Bill 1114. Section 1. Title 15, chapter 1, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes has been amended by adding section 15-160.01., as it relates to student safety. Please refer to the entirety of section 15-160.01. for additional information.
The following are the requirements as detailed in the amendment:
15-160.01. Child abuse hotline; required posting
EACH SCHOOL THAT IS OPERATED BY A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND EACH CHARTER SCHOOL SHALL POST IN A CLEARLY VISIBLE LOCATION IN A PUBLIC AREA OF THE SCHOOL THAT IS READILY ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS A SIGN THAT CONTAINS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
- IN BOLDFACED TYPE, THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE CENTRALIZED INTAKE HOTLINE CONCERNING SUSPECTED ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF CHILDREN THAT IS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 8-455.
- INSTRUCTIONS TO CALL 911 FOR EMERGENCIES.
- DIRECTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE WEBSITE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SAFETY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON REPORTING CHILD ABUSE, CHILD NEGLECT AND THE EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN.
To support schools in implementing these requirements, the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Child Safety have created standardized materials to be posted in clearly visible and public areas of each school.
These materials can be printed on 11x17 inch paper and can be downloaded here:
To increase student awareness and understanding of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation, the Arizona Department of Education is providing additional guidance to all schools to provide developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed training to all students yearly. This training should support students’ understanding of the definitions and signs of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as increase student efficacy in reporting these instances through clearly established and safe reporting protocols.
For questions about the Child Abuse Hotline, please reach out to the Department of Child Safety Education Liaison at [email protected].