WTA Representation Procedure for Teachers investigated by the Department of Children and Families (DCF)

If a complaint has been filed against you with DCF for an alleged incident involving a student, please take the following steps:

1. Remain calm and cooperate with your Principal and other administrators. It is likely that you will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. This is a normal part of the investigatory process.
2. If the Principal/Vice Principal requests to meet regarding the DCF incident you have the right to have a WTA Building Representative available for this meeting.
3. Once you have been advised that a complaint has been filed with DCF, contact your UniServ Representative Jim Tessitore at 860-490-5521. You have the right to CEA representation at the meeting with any DCF investigators.
4. If a DCF investigator attempts to arrange a meeting with you directly, please advise the DCF investigator that meeting arrangements, if any, must first be coordinated with your UniServ Representative Jim Tessitore.


***You are not legally required to meet with DCF immediately following notification of a DCF complaint against you. Meeting arrangements are traditionally coordinated by your UniServ Representative at a mutually convenient time and location following the complaint. You should not feel pressured to meet with DCF right away. Always contact your UniServ Representative before arranging any meetings with DCF.


***IF YOU ARE NOTIFIED OF A POSSIBLE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ARISING OUT OF THE COMPLAINT TEACHERS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR UNISERV REPRESENTATIVE FOR REFERRALS TO A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR REPRESENTATION. Teachers have the right to Attorney representation at any meeting with Police Investigators