When you click on the program link (at the bottom of this page), a new website window will open up in front of this window and the first screen you will see is titled "Getting Started" (please do not close the CAIS instruction window as you will need to come back to it later for Topic 3) . The required computer capabilities will be described in this section and simple directions for navigating the program will be offered. At the conclusion of "Getting Started" you will be asked to proceed to the "Introduction". Since the introduction is essentially written for Virginia teachers, you can scroll to the end and proceed directly to Topic 1.
The tutorial is divided into three topics. Topic 1 is designed to help you recognize the common indicators of child abuse and neglect. The program cites the legal definitions of child abuse as they appear in Virginia codes and statutes. Be assured that the language in CT codes is almost identical. There are links in Topic 1 to specific Virginia code citations. However, there is no need for you to read them.
Topic 2 offers advice on how to respond to a child's disclosure and how to determine if a report to a state agency is warranted. Topic 2 concludes with an online quiz titled "Check Your Knowledge". It is not necessary for you to take that quiz, since it is specific to Virginia codes.
When you have completed Topic 2 on the VISSTA website, please return to the CAIS website window which will still be visible on your desktop behind the VISSTA window, and click on our version of Topic 3 (in the blue box at the right of the CAIS Instruction window) - Connecticut Reporting requirements. This will take you a specific webpage of the CT Department of Children and Families. Please read the requirements, focusing on the following sections: "How To Report", "Immunity and Penalty" and "Informing the Family".
When you have completed the tutorial, you are ready to take the CAIS quiz, which is offered on your home campus. The quiz is 15 questions - a combination of True/False and multiple-choice questions, covering the major points of the tutorial. If you have read through the materials and watched the videos, you will be well prepared. Specific facts that you will need to know are:
* The CT timeline for making an oral report
* Penalties in CT for failure to make a report
After you have taken the quiz, a designated person on your home campus will score it. If you score less than 12 answers correctly, you will be asked to retake the quiz - but you will only have to answer the questions that you answered incorrectly on your first attempt. Before you retake the quiz, you can ask your test administrator for the topics of the specific questions that you answered incorrectly. (Each question on the quiz is preceded by a "Topic Focus"). By asking for the topics, you can review only the areas that you missed.
Most of the Connecticut volunteers who have already "test - driven" the program tell us that it generally takes about one hour to complete. The hour is well spent. The tutorial will increase your awareness and sense of responsibility on this unfortunate topic and it will diminish your school's liability if there is an incident on your campus.
NOTE: The Virginia website does not work with Safari or Chrome and also does not do well on mobile devices. Please use Firefox or Internet Explorer when accessing the training. To begin the program, Click Here.