Stricter background checks, communication guidelines coming to CPS

CHICAGO -- Chicago's Board of Education approved strict new guidelines Wednesday for volunteers and electronic communication between staff and students.

The new policy is in response to recent allegations of sexual abuse in CPS.

It updates previous guidelines which were passed more than four years ago.

The Board of Education decided the background checks will be stricter and should be done every year.

Also, teachers, administrators, coaches and adult volunteers are prohibited from using personal social media, text and email accounts to communicate with students.

Students are also similarly banned for contacting school personnel.

They must use CPS issued accounts for any communication.