LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — After abuse allegations within the JCPS Head Begin program pressured a number of academics out of a job, the district devised a plan to stop future issues.
JCPS leaders will meet with Head Begin officers this week to debate new coverage modifications and work on coaching.
A complete of 23 incidents within the JCPS Head Begin and Early Head Begin packages have been detailed in a report by the Administration for Youngsters and Households in August, together with slapping college students, spanking, forcing youngsters to eat meals, yanking youngsters by the arms and placing a scholar in a closet.
It additionally included a number of situations the place youngsters have been left unattended and academics who did not report incidents for as much as two weeks. The issues spanned a number of faculties throughout the district. A minimum of seven academics have been fired in consequence, and others acquired disciplinary motion and coaching.
“We’re taking a really robust stance towards any of these actions adults have taken towards college students,” appearing JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio stated earlier this month.
District leaders turned in a corrective motion plan final week. The 35-web page doc outlines modifications to “remove incidents of kid abuse and neglect.”
JCPS is revising Head Begin insurance policies and procedures to “explicitly prohibit corporal punishment.” That features self-discipline utilizing isolation, taping a toddler’s mouth, emotional abuse, humiliation, bodily or verbal abuse.
It additionally updates insurance policies relating to unsupervised youngsters and clarifies easy methods to report incidents.
In accordance with the plan, violations promise “critical penalties.” The district additionally guarantees to reinforce worker’s coaching and higher monitoring of insurance policies in any respect management ranges.
District leaders will meet with Head Begin officers on Wednesday and Thursday.
You’ll be able to learn the complete plan under:
JCPS leaders stated they will not tolerate alleged abuse of scholars in Head Begin program
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