School Board Approves New Child Abuse Prevention

LOS ANGELES (May 14, 2013) -- The Los Angeles Board of Education today directed Superintendent John Deasy to create a special Personal Safety and Child Abuse Prevention Unit, which would establish centralized protocols, guidelines, tools and resources for best practices in child abuse prevention, intervention and post-intervention at each school through on-going training, education and awareness.

“We must do everything in our power to protect children in the classroom and create safe learning environments by empowering students,” said Board President Mónica García, the author of the resolution.  “Declaring May as Student Personal Safety Awareness month is another step in educating and training our students, parents and school staff on the importance of child abuse prevention.”

Board Member Nury Martinez said, "At LAUSD our motto must be education first, safety always.  Today's board action is another step towards advancing our shared goal of keeping our children safe and securing peace of mind for our parents."

The Superintendent is expected to update the board within 60 days about the status of the new unit, which would function under the District’s Student Health and Human Services division.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, emphasizes the District’s commitment to keeping parents, guardians, families and community stakeholders connected with information and resources needed to support the education, health and well-being of their children.

It also points out that while the School Board “recognizes that the overwhelming majority of District employees are competent and caring professionals committed to the safety and academic success of all students, no accommodation or protection can be extended to any employee who preys on our children and violates the trust between the student and adult.”

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