Public comment period extended on sexual misconduct guidelines for public schools
Virginia was among the first states to require criminal background checks for all public school teachers and employees...but technology is providing new avenues for potential sexual misconduct... and the Department of Education is preparing new guidelines on what to do about it. Charles Fishburne reports.
The Department of Education is preparing a “guidance document” for school divisions across the state, with particular emphasis on new technology and, specifically, texting.
Pyle: The guidance document includes a lot of information that you would just expect to find about touching and so forth, but it's the electronic communication piece that is drawing the most interest.
Charles Pyle at the Department of Education says the 2008 General Assembly required school boards to adopt policies addressing sexual abuse of students by teachers and other school employees.
Pyle: What we've tried to do is provide some general guidance that sets some clear boundaries in terms of suggested local policy, while still allowing for electronic communications between teachers and students.
The public comment period has been extended until Feburary 12th, and the board will give the guidelines final consideration February 17th.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News