Traina School teacher under investigation
by Joel Danoy
Dec 04, 2012 | 9751 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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An investigation into alleged “inappropriate contact” between a teacher and student is being conducted at Traina School, according to police.

Tracy police officers responded to the school, 4256 Windsong Drive, at 2:08 p.m. Nov. 28, according to a press release from the Tracy Police Department on Monday, Dec. 3.

Jefferson Unified Superintendent Dana Eaton said Tuesday, Dec. 4, that state education code stipulates that any teacher accused of such actions must be immediately placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Tracy police Sgt. Luis Mejia would not release any details about the case or allegations Tuesday, but said that no arrest has been made.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, the employee’s identity is not being released. Eaton also wouldn’t comment on what grade the teacher taught, saying that police have asked to keep that information confidential during the investigation.

Eaton said officials at the Jefferson School District are taking the allegations “very seriously.”

He issued a letter by email to parents on Friday, Nov. 30, explaining the situation and also offered advice about how to support children during a crisis.

“We sent it as an email attachment because we wanted to minimize it being seen by any of the students,” he said.

Crisis counselors were available at the school Monday and will be available if needed in the immediate future.

Eaton said it’s important to maintain a “sense of normalcy” at the school while the investigation is being conducted.

“The number one thing is that students need to feel safe on campus,” he said. “When you have that, the continuity of the educational program can go on.”

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

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