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Good News? New LAUSD Policy Says They'll Tell Parents Within 72 Hours if Teacher is Being Investigated for Sexual Misconduct

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After what was beginning to seem like endless allegations of sexual abuse in local schools, LAUSD announced yesterday that it's revamped its policy for letting parents know when a teacher is being investigated.

The district will now inform parents within 72 hours if an educator is removed for sexual misconduct.

In a statement, Superintendent John Deasy said, “The spate of cases involving sexual misconduct in recent months has prompted a re-evaluation of our reporting procedures...Working closely with local law enforcement, we believe we have come up with a plan that best serves the needs of parents and teachers while not hindering possible criminal investigations.”

The policy doesn't apply to anyone besides certified teachers, though, so Deasy added they're still working on how to handle cases involving people like custodians and teacher's aides and hope to have a comprehensive policy in place for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Also, the policy doesn't apply at all if police tell the school that they can't inform parents for one reason or another.

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