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LAUSD Employees to Receive "Special Training" on Child Abuse Awareness

LAUSD superintendent calls for "special training" for teachers and staff of the nation's second largest district



    LAUSD Chief Under Fire Over Abuse Scandal

    There are calls from parents and teachers for L.A. school superintendent John Deasy to step down over his handling of the Miramonte abuse scandal. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012)

    LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy plans to send on Monday a video message to the district's 84,000 employees and staff, reminding them to review a packet of steps they must take for any unacceptable behavior by teachers, staff, parents or community members against students.

    “I ask that you as a staff you set aside time to review the special training you are going to receive from our experts,” Deasy said in the four-minute video, which was posted first on the website on Friday.

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    Teachers and staff will be required to review reporting forms about what to do if there is suspicion that a child has been abused physically or mentally.

    Deasy Statement on Child Abuse Awareness

    [LA] Deasy Statement on Child Abuse Awareness
    LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy appears in a video to be released to school employees, directing them to undergo special child abuse awareness training. The training comes in the wake of a sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School in Florence, Calif.
    (Published Monday, Feb. 20, 2012)

    Deasy stressed to employees that the arrests of two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School for sex crimes “do not reflect on you or your professionalism.

    “Just because a few members have done terrible things, that are being dealt with appropriately by law enforcement officials, that does not reflect on the amazing teaching, leadership and classified staff that I see every day in LAUSD,” Deasy said.

    The former Miramonte employees reported to work at the yet-to-be opened Augustus Hawkins High School where they are getting counseling and are being interviewed by officials investigating abuse allegations at Miramonte, Deasy said.

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    The scandal at at Miarmonte Elementary School may have some unforeseen consequences. Some local immigrant families are faced with the difficult choice of whether or not to speak out, while fearing the possible risk of deportation.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012)

    A new staff of teachers, meanwhile, has taken on duties at Miramonte, where each classroom has a teacher and a counselor to support the students.

    “Let me be very clear,” Deasy said. “After all our investigations are complete, and no additional issues emerge, every staff member of Miramonte who is now at Augustus Hawkins will have the opportunity to return to the school.”

    City News Service contributed to this report.

    New Staff Prepares for Miramonte Reopening

    [LA] New Staff Prepares for Miramonte Reopening
    Miramonte Elementary reopens Thursday with a brand new staff. Many of the new teachers spent Wednesday preparing for the move.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012)

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