Plymouth School Board Updates Background Check, Child Abuse Reporting Policies

The Plymouth School Board approved several school policy updates this week. “These policies are surrounding background checks, reporting of child abuse/neglect, suicide prevention – all things that reflect updates to statute from last legislative session,” explained Superintendent Andy Hartley.

As part of the changes, all school employees will now be required to undergo a background check every five years, not just when they’re first hired. The policies requiring employees to report arrests and criminal convictions also got an update.

Changes to the curriculum policy mean that Plymouth High School will now be required to offer courses in Indiana and ethnic studies. Other policy updates had to do with student records, attendance, and medication, as well as ensuring test security for statewide assessments like the ISTEP.