Safety Resources & Support
Expectations for Faculty and Staff
We require all adults affiliated in any way with Catlin Gabel to maintain appropriate adult-student relationships at all times, both on and off campus. We prohibit and will not tolerate child abuse, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or boundary violations. We will investigate (or refer to local law enforcement to investigate) any reports brought to our attention. Any employee who has reason to believe that another school employee is engaging in abuse or sexual misconduct with a student is required to immediately report the information to the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, or Director of Human Resources, or report the concern to the anonymous SafeSchools Alert tip line. All full-time faculty and staff are also required to annually attend an in-person training session as well as online trainings related to understanding and reporting sexual misconduct. More information can be found in our Professional Conduct and Appropriate Adult-Student Boundaries Handbook (PDF)
Information and Resources for Parents
Safety is woven into our curriculum for all students, with the content developed specifically for a particular age range. Our goal is to demystify what constitutes as abuse and share resources that are available to them, including reporting mechanisms. Below is the type of information that we share with students:
Safety Curriculum for Students
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: Teachers use the book “The Right Touch” by Sandy Klevin as a teaching tool in the fall. Parents and guardians are notified via email.
3rd - 5th Grade: “Consent for Kids” video is shown by the Lower School counselor in the fall to open questions and provide answers. Parents and guardians are notified via email.
6th - 8th Grade: The Middle School counselor provides in-class trainings. Sixth graders are taught “protect yourself rules” based on www.fightabuse.org. Seventh graders are taught what constitutes sexual harassment and abuse. Eighth graders review sexting, abuse, pornography, and the law. Parents and guardians are notified via email.
9th - 12th Grade: Ninth graders take Health, a semester-long course taught by an Upper School science teacher and Teen Council Peer Educators, which includes extensive instruction on consent, reporting sexual misconduct, mandatory reporters, and peer counseling. A guest speaker talks about Title IX on college campuses during the senior seminar class. Green Dot Upstander/Bystander training is offered by the Upper School Counselor and Dean of Students. Students and parents receive multiple emails about upcoming sessions.
The school annually produces a Catlin Gabel Family Handbook (PDF) that provides a wide range of information and policies, including a detailed section on the expectation at Catlin Gabel for safe and healthy boundaries between adults and students
Being a Volunteer
All adult volunteers, including parents and guardians, are required to complete a mandatory online training available through SafeSchools and submit to a background check. Once both of these steps are completed, an individual will then be added to the school’s approved volunteer list. Please note that the background check can take up to one week before the school receives the results. If you’d like to become a volunteer or learn more about the process, please review our volunteer instructions.
Once on Campus:
All volunteers are required to check in at Toad Hall (administration building) to receive a name tag identifying them as a volunteer for the day before they go to individual classrooms. Nametags help our community identify adults on campus.
Catlin Gabel continually looks for ways to engage our students in developmentally appropriate discussions about sound decision-making, healthy relationships, safety, and respect. Topics included in these conversations include affirmative consent, sexual misconduct and assault, bystander intervention, the consequences of such actions, and ways for students to get help.
Catlin Gabel has four counselors on staff: a counselor for the Beginning and Lower school, a counselor for the Middle School, and two counselors for the Upper School. These counselors provide individual and family support, and host seminars and workshops throughout the year. Learn more about our Catlin Gabel Counseling Program.
To support our community, we have partnered with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual fviolence organization in the nation. RAINN operates The National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE or hotline.rainn.org, which can be used to access confidential and anonymous immediate support services—including crisis intervention, information, and resources—24/7, in both English and Spanish.
Student Resources Guide
Students can access Catlin Gabel’s current Sexual Assault Support and Resources Guide, which provides detailed information regarding self-care for survivors, guidance on ways to report sexual assault, explanation on what happens when a report is made, and legal and advocacy resources.
Reporting: SafeSchools Alert Tip Line
We have partnered with SafeSchools so that any student (as well as parents or employees) can anonymously contact this school-specific tip line to report any concern. Catlin Gabel’s identification code for reporting is 1832.
Information can include boundary violations, misconduct, bullying, harassment, drugs, threats of violence, abuse or any safety issue of concern. The tip line alerts the head of school, assistant head of school, director of human resources, and audit committee chair of the board of trustees. All anonymous tips will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.