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Hyde Park School Staffer Removed As CPS Investigates Allegations Of Inappropriate Behavior With Students

The district is investigating claims an employee "engaged inappropriately" with students, the school's interim principal wrote to families Monday.

The exterior of Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. in Hyde Park.
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HYDE PARK — A staffer at Ray Elementary School has been removed from the building and is being investigated by Chicago Public Schools after the employee was alleged to have “engaged inappropriately” with students.

The district’s Office of the Inspector General is leading the investigation, the school’s interim principal Louisea Storey told parents and families in a letter Monday. A CPS spokesperson confirmed the letter was sent Monday. They did not respond to Block Club’s requests to confirm the employee’s position, the number of students allegedly affected and other details about the investigation.

The parents of the “impacted” students were notified before the letter was sent, Storey wrote, adding that she’s “unable to discuss details regarding the investigation.” The Office of Student Protections and Title IX is connecting the students to supports, she said.

“Based on the information learned during the OIG’s investigation, a final determination will be made regarding whether it is appropriate for this individual to return to Ray,” Storey wrote.

Students, parents and others in the school community will be notified if the employee returns to the school, she said.

Parents may contact the Office of Student Protections and Title IX at 773-535-4400 for more information on the district’s policies for protecting students.

Parents may also email Storey at lstorey@cps.edu or call 773-535-0970 “to discuss steps the district takes to keep students safe and matters related to your child,” Storey said.

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