SAINT MARYS, ELK COUNTY - In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, in July of 2012 Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 126 that requires all school personnel that deal with students to participate in three hours of recognizing and reporting abuse training every five years.
St. Marys School District was ahead of the game and in March of 2012 all teachers completed their training before Corbett even signed the act.
"When the Sandsuky information was released we decided to have the Pennsylvania Family Support Agency come in right away and train all of our teachers which we did during the March in service day" said Superintendent Ann Kearney.
Kearney went on to say she feels the training goes a long way in helping to protect students and to make them feel safe within the district.
In January, all other staff will go through the training that the teachers did.
By the end of the school year all personnel in Pennsylvania is to be trained.