Bus Drivers Added to List of Mandated Reporters of Abuse at Private Schools

Cuomo signs bill into law

Tom Puckett
August 13, 2019 - 1:48 pm

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Albany, NY (WBEN) Governor Cuomo signs a bill into law requiring bus drivers to report signs of abuse in private schools.

"The safety and well-being of our children is the top priority of this administration and I'm proud to sign this legislation and help close this loophole in the law," Governor Cuomo said. "In New York, we will continue to do everything in our power to protect our young people and with this measure we take one more step toward a safer and stronger New York for all."

Under current law, bus drivers employed at public schools are required to report all allegations of child abuse. Cuomo says this new law corrects an inequity in the law by expanding that requirement to bus drivers employed by private schools.

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "All children must be protected from abuse and individuals who interact with children in an education setting should be properly trained in how to recognize it, including school bus drivers.  This legislation closes a gap in existing law and will help ensure that acts of child abuse, in any form, are reported to the proper authorities so those responsible for such despicable acts can be held accountable."

Assembly Member Catherine Nolan said, "We are taking an important step in protecting children in all of New York's schools from abuse. This legislation ensures that all students are protected by requiring all school administrators, superintendents, and those who provide transportation services, to report allegations of child abuse. I am proud to have sponsored this bill and will continue to fight for the safe learning environment that our students deserve." 

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