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Child abuse policy at Chartiers Valley to be updated

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Chartiers Valley School District recently tightened requirements for those working with children to offer greater protection to students.

The change was part of revisions to seven district policies approved by the school board on July 23, as recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

The updated child abuse policy requires faculty and staff not just to report abuse, but also requires the district and independent contractors to provide employee training for “recognition and reporting of child abuse.”

The policy includes a new section defining sexual misconduct, and prohibits communication of a sexual, romantic or otherwise inappropriate nature between staff and students.

There also is a new training requirement for employees and independent contractors. Those who have direct contact with children must undergo training on child abuse recognition and reporting.

The updated policy also includes the definition of “direct contact with children” as well as stipulations requiring independent contractors and employees to report all arrests and convictions and comply with mandatory background checks.

The board also approved revisions to the policy governing the superintendent and assistant superintendent employment, including new sections pertaining to employment contracts and severance.

The superintendent or assistant superintendent can have their contract terminated after a hearing and majority vote of the full school board. It allows for two severance options: the equivalent of one year's compensation and benefits if the severance agreement takes effect two or more years before the scheduled end of the contract term, or the equivalent of half of the total compensation and benefits due under the contract for the remainder of the term if the severance takes effect less than two years before the end of the contract.

Full text of the revised policies can be found at http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/cvsd/Board.nsf/Public.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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