STATE COLLEGE — All 1,400 employees of the State College Area School District are now considered mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse.
The school board approved a modification to its child abuse reporting policy on Monday.
The modification is not a drastic change, as most employees such as teachers, nurses, administrators, guidance counselors were already mandatory reporters.
But the policy excluded employees who didnt come into direct contact with minors, such as janitors who work a late-night shift or physical plant staff.
District administrators wanted to expand beyond the current training to include support staff who do not work directly with students but who may become aware of a reportable incident, district spokeswoman Julie Miller said in a news release.
Miller said the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case factored into revising the policy because administrators saw an opportunity to better protect children.
This spring, district administrators and employees went through mandatory reporter training offered by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.
One of the steps included training counselors and nurses, who will provide on-site training and updates on mandated reporting to staff at each district school building.
The district is looking into how to implement the training to staff at the individual school buildings.