School districts failed to conduct child abuse background checks – WCAX

One in five Vermont school districts in a state auditor’s office review didn’t do child abuse background checks on employees, thus exposing students to an increased risk of harm.

"According to a report by the state auditor's office, 11 of the 56 districts and supervisory unions did not screen new hires through the Child Protection Registry. Ten of those districts claimed they did not know they were required to. Seven other districts failed to get background checks on contract employees. Auditor Doug Hoffer says by failing to do the checks, schools could unknowingly employ people who have abused or neglected children in the past. He says most of the schools informed of their failings are going back to conduct checks on people they hired and all agreed to follow the law going forward.

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