SILVER CREEK — An investigation into an alleged “isolation cell” at Silver Creek Elementary School shows no evidence that a student was hit, bullied, or assaulted in any way.
This according to Melanie Beardsley, who briefed the school board Thursday evening on her findings and recommendations regarding the de-escalation room issue. Additionally, Beardsley of the law firm Webster Szanyi LLC pointed out that the district does not have a council policy or any other written policies or procedures detailing the use of the room and must develop and implement policies and procedures, which include physical and supervision requirements, parental rights, and educational requirements for students with disabilities if using a time-out room.
The district announced the results on its Facebook page Friday morning.
Board Chairman Stephen Boothe agreed with his findings. “As a result of this investigation, it is clear to us that some of our children absolutely need a safe space to defuse, calm down and, with the help of administrators and staff, prepare for a return to life. class safely, he said. “We have an obligation to every child in the district to do everything we can to give all of our students access to the best education possible. From the survey, it is clear to us that de-escalation or sensory rooms, and perhaps both, can serve as vital tools in this regard. As a board, we recognize that no matter what, we must develop and implement policies and procedures regarding these rooms. It will be a priority. In the meantime, the use of the room remains suspended.
This room first became an issue in late March when District Administrator Jay Hall sent a four-page letter to the school board outlining the allegations about the space in late March. He has since been placed on administrative leave. Additionally, the district noted, Hall was refusing to meet with investigators to discuss the allegations.
Beardsley said 34 people had been contacted for interviews, including the parents and guardians of each student named in the letter. A total of 28 people spoke with the law firm on the subject.
“All district administrators, teachers, and staff cooperated fully with the investigation,” Beardsley said. “Some parents and community members have done it too.
“In contrast, Jay Hall and his brother, Rich Hall, refused to cooperate with the investigation. As for Jay Hall, on several occasions we have requested that he meet with us, and we have offered various accommodations to encourage him to participate. We have also asked him to provide us with all the information and documents he has regarding his claims. He refused.”
Boothe admitted there is still a lot of work to move the district forward. “At this stage, the investigation is over; our job is not, “ he said. “The Council’s work has just begun. With the help of our community, our amazing team of teachers, administrators and staff, we will continue to be a school district we can all be proud of.
“Finally, we thank you all, the community of Silver Creek, for your concern and support throughout this process.”