New legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo reforms how private schools must report child abuse allegations and requires those employed by schools to undergo training to identify victims.
The legislation, which will take effect in 180 days, comes in the wake of several high-profile child abuse cases at private schools.
Earlier this year, 10 former teachers at Nichols School, a private high school in the Buffalo area, were found to have had improper sexual relationships with students over a four-decade period.
A report of the incident found that three former administrators from the school were aware of the abuse but failed to properly report it to law enforcement, according to The Buffalo News, which first reported the allegations back in January.