Pa. district reeling from teacher-sex scandals adopts new policy


PLUM, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania school district where three teachers have been criminally charged with having sex with students has adopted a policy that spells out limits on student-teacher contact, including social media and other electronic communications.

The Plum School Board voted 7-0 Tuesday night to approve the policy, which applies to employees, volunteers, student teachers and independent contractors who interact with students.

It states that "students of any age are not legally capable of consenting to romantic or sexual interactions with adults."

It prohibits communication through texting and social media and requires emails be sent on school-provided devices whenever possible and that messages from coaches or advisers be sent only to groups of students, not individuals.

Board president Sal Colella says the policy "outlines what might seem obvious" to most people.