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Hart district beefs up sexual assault training

Posted: June 13, 2008 1:08 a.m.
Updated: August 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

 

The Hart district has stepped up its anti-sexual-harassment training in light of recent investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct by three district teachers, a counselor and now a volunteer coach.

All employees of the William S. Hart Union High School District go through an online sexual harassment training program that is updated annually and can be viewed at the district's Web site at www.hartdistrict.org.

"We go through it every year, and every new employee has to present that certificate of completion," said Rochelle Neal, assistant superintendent of human relations and student services for the district.

In addition to that training, administrators and management will now also be required to attend other training sessions.

"With the recent incidents that we have had, we realized that we needed to do greater in-depth training for our administrators and staff," Neal said.

The Hart district management had its first required session this past week on the topic of preventing inappropriate relationships between adults and students.

It was presented by Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau. Scott is also in charge of several of the investigations of Hart district employees.

"He is a nationally recognized expert in child abuse prevention," Neal said.

All district principals will also be covering the topic of preventing and recognizing inappropriate relationships between staff and students at the staff meetings that are held at the beginning of each school year, Neal said.

"We're obviously very concerned about the incidents we have, and we recognize the need to increase our training for all our staff," she said.

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