Mandated Reporting


For your safety, and as required by Massachusetts law, the staff of Housatonic Academy are mandated to report to appropriate authorities if there is reasonable cause to suspect abuse and/or neglect of a student by any person. “Abuse or neglect” means a threat to a child’s health or welfare by physical, mental or emotional injury or impairment. Examples are: sexual abuse or exploitation, deprivation of essential needs such as food, lack of protection, physical or emotional abuse and others by a person responsible for the child. A 51(a) form, to be submitted to the Department of Children and Families, will be used when necessary for your protection and to fulfill our commitment to mandated reporting.