Krisha child abuse reporting

Krisha DiMascio, a well-regarded education law attorney at Maiello Brungo & Maiello, delivered a pivotal presentation on child abuse reporting to the entire Penn-Trafford School District team on May 3. Titled “Prevent, Recognize, and Act Responsibly.”

Comprehensive Session on Child Abuse Reporting

Mrs. DiMascio’s session provided vital insights derived from the latest statistics from the Department of Health Services (DHS), shedding light on various aspects of child abuse, including living situations, types of reporting sources, and mandated reporters.

Detailed Analysis of Child Protective Services Law (CPSL)

During the comprehensive session, Mrs. DiMascio meticulously delved into the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), clarifying its legislative purpose and recent amendments that broadened the scope of mandatory reporters. She expounded upon the CPSL’s definition of abuse, encompassing physical and mental injuries, and underscored the imperative of reporting to prevent imminent risks.

Practical Guidance for Educators

With a series of illustrative scenarios, Mrs. DiMascio explained the distinctions between knowing, witnessing, and suspecting child abuse, outlining the appropriate procedures for each circumstance. Her presentation concluded with an exploration of educators’ legal obligations under the school code, federal laws, and The Code of Professional Standards and Practices for Educators.

Krisha DiMascio’s Legal Background

Krisha is a recognized specialist in education law serving as solicitor, special counsel, and general counsel. Her knowledge extends to critical areas including employee discipline, collective bargaining negotiations, and enforcement of school policy. She possesses extensive experience in addressing student issues, particularly in special education and gifted education programs.

Krisha DiMascio holds a J.D. from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University.


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Alfred C. Maiello
Alfred Maiello

Alfred C. Maiello is the founding member of MBM and has represented area school districts as solicitor for 50 years. He counsels school districts and educational institutions on leading developments in school law and guiding them through their day-to-day and long-term challenges.