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As sex harassment cases make national headlines, Reed district officials discuss education, awareness

By JEFF DEMPSEY
jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com
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An avalanche of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations has been dominating national headlines for nearly two months. Sparked in part by incidents involving film producer Harvey Weinstein, the accusations rippled to other powerful men in all segments of business — musicians, executives, journalists, even former President George H.W. Bush — as it simultaneously transformed into a consciousness-raising movement on social media: #MeToo.

The common theme? Sexual harassment and abuse is widespread and underreported. Whether it is fear of reprisal or intimidation or something else, harassment and abuse go unchecked because victims are reluctant to come forward.

Coincidentally, at the height of these revelations, school districts across Marin — including the Reed Union School District — began adopting long-in-the-works revisions to sexual-harassment policies to align with the California School Boards Association recommendations.

The changes were minor — for students, a mandate that the district must investigate every allegation of sexual harassment even if a formal complaint was not filed — but timely.

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Reed superintendent will host next monthly coffee chat Nov. 17

Reed Union School District parents can share comments or concerns and learn more about district initiatives from Superintendent Nancy Lynch during an hourlong coffee chat beginning at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17.
Lynch holds the monthly chats in the boardroom at Bel Aire Elementary School, 277 Karen Way in Tiburon. Parents can drop in at any time during the hour. Those who attend should park on Karen Way and sign in at the school office.
– Jeff Dempsey


Is your school or class hosting a special event or project? Do you think a student or teacher deserves special recognition for activities inside or outside the classroom? Let The Ark know by contacting education and youth reporter Jeff Dempsey at jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com.

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