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Even with online instruction, teachers can look for signs of child abuse or neglect

Teachers are the number one reporters of child abuse and neglect. That might be one of the reasons reports of such activity have decreased significantly since March, when students left the classroom and headed home for NTI.

“We see that coinciding with teachers not being able to see their kids face to face everyday,” CASA of the Heartland interim executive director Natalie Cubbage said. “Calls to the state child protection hotline are down 19%, and that’s from February to June of this year.”

Cubbage says that even with students out of the classroom, there are still some signs teachers can watch out for, especially during online instruction this upcoming year.

Cubbage says that while not every indication may be abuse or neglect, she advises that if you see something, say something.

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