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    Chapter 17B: Establishment of department; "the department" defined

      Section: 52:17B-9.8b: Notification of school district; records

           2. a. Upon the receipt of a report of a missing child, the Missing Persons Unit established pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1983, c.467 (C.52:17B-9.7) shall notify the superintendent of the school district where the missing child is currently or was most recently enrolled of the disappearance and provide the superintendent with information concerning the identity of the missing child. The unit shall also promptly notify the superintendent if the child is located.

b. When the superintendent of the school district is notified of the report, he shall mark the child's school record. The record shall be marked in such a way that whenever a copy of or information regarding the record is requested, the school district will be aware that the record is that of a missing child. Once the superintendent has been notified by the Missing Persons Unit that the child has been located, the superintendent or his designee shall remove the mark from the record.

c. If a copy of a marked school record is requested, the superintendent shall supply the record to the requestor without alerting him to the fact that the record has been marked, in accordance with the provisions governing access to pupil records pursuant to N.J.S.18A:36-19. After supplying a copy of or information regarding the marked record to the requestor, the superintendent shall immediately report the inquiry or any knowledge as to the whereabouts of the missing child to the unit.

d. Upon notification of a request for a marked school record or other information concerning a missing child, the unit shall commence an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the request, including a search for any record that may exist showing who has legal custody of the child and for any record that may disclose an allegation of child abuse perpetrated against the child or an allegation of domestic violence perpetrated against a member of the child's family.

e. If a search, pursuant to subsection d. of this section, reveals that a child reported missing is in the custody of his legal guardian or if substantiated allegations of child abuse against the child or any order protecting a family member from domestic violence exists, the unit shall continue the investigation without disclosing the whereabouts of the child or his guardian to the person who reported the child missing.


This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:55.

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