Plymouth School Board Updates Employee Handbook, Classified Employee Guidelines

The Plymouth Community School Corporation has tightened its policies on background checks and drug testing for school employees. State law now requires school employees to have a background check every five years, not just when they’re first hired.

The school board voted Tuesday to update the employee handbook to reflect the change. They also added a provision allowing for employees to be taken for a drug screening, if their supervisor has reason to believe they’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Updates to the corporation’s guidelines for classified employees were also approved Tuesday, at the recommendation of Superintendent Andy Hartley. “This one reflects updated language as it relates to employees needing to work at least the 120 days in order to be eligible for pay increases, and then some information relating to time reporting,” he explained.

Employees will now use an electronic time clock, rather than a written time record.