PA Auditor General Says Many School Districts Still Need To Update Policies On Reporting Child Abuse

A new report by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale indicates that about 1-in-5 school districts have failed to comply with updated child abuse reporting guidelines in Pennsylvania. One of the non-complaint districts is in our area. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, school districts in Pennsylvania had four years to update their child abuse reporting guidelines with language requiring staff to report suspected abuse directly to the state child abuse hotline, known as ChildLine. Locally, the Berwick Area School District is on the Auditor General's list of non-compliant school districts as of February 1st. The full list of non-compliant districts can be found on the Auditor General's web site.