Here’s a reminder that the Constantine Board of Education will stage a special meeting today to review policies and procedures stemming from the recent investigation of sexual conduct demonstrated by a pair of 5-year-old boys.
Set for 5:30 p.m. at the high school library, the meeting will include a look at policies applied during the police investigation of the incident.
An outbreak of the flu in Constantine Public Schools has prompted Superintendent Chuck Frisbie to close the district’s schools Tuesday and Wednesday.
Frisbie said the 1,434-student district saw an absence rate of about 15 percent last week. On Monday, about 25 percent of Eastside Elementary’s population was absent, about 15 percent more than usual.
Vomiting and children showing symptoms consistent with the flu have been prevalent last week and Monday, Frisbie said. After bringing the matter to the attention of the county health department, Frisbie said he was encouraged by its staff members to keep students away from the district’s four buildings for at least 48 hours.
Janitorial staff will conduct a thorough cleaning of all surface areas, buses and anywhere germs are potentially passed.
Wednesday’s special meeting regarding an incident between two boys at Eastside Elementary will go on as planned, Frisbie said.
Constantine Board of Education members will stage a special meeting next week to review policies and procedures stemming from the recent investigation of sexual conduct demonstrated by a pair of 5-year-old boys.
Set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday next week at the high school library, the parents-only meeting will include a look at policies such as the paid, temporary suspension of the classroom teacher during the investigation and the decision to remove the students from the classroom indefinitely.
Discussion and input will also fall within the parameters of the meeting, according to district officials.
The Constantine Police Department has concluded the school-related portion of its investigation regarding sexual conduct demonstrated by two 5-year-old boys at Eastside Elementary.
According to a department media release, results of the week-long investigation were reported to Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie. He said the classroom instructor resumed teaching duties Monday and there is no criminal negligence on her part.
Frisbie said the two boys involved in the incident have been temporarily removed from the classroom and will be offered educational services at home.
Meanwhile, investigators will now shift their attention to a different arena to determine if the boys have been victimized in any manner. The continuation of the investigation is due in part to the behavior exhibited falling outside the realm of normal sexual curiosity, police said.
Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie on Tuesday sent a letter to parents of Eastside Elementary students and provided general information about a police investigation at the Pre-K-through-second-grade school.
In the letter, Frisbie indicated the investigation centers on “incidents which may have occurred in a kindergarten classroom” at Eastside.
Frisbie said parents of children from the classroom in question were notified of the investigation Thursday last week, shortly after the matter was brought to the attention of school personnel.
For now, the students involved are not in their assigned classroom, pending the results of the investigation and at this time there is no reason to suspect other students at Eastside Elementary are involved, Frisbie wrote.
Frisbie said pending the investigation and according to district policy, the classroom teacher has been suspended with pay. There are no criminal concerns related to the teacher, Frisbie added.
A teacher at Eastside Elementary in Constantine is on paid leave as a procedural measure while the Constantine Police Department conducts an investigation at the school.
Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said he wasn’t at liberty to elaborate on the matter while the investigation remains active. He did say a 90-minute meeting took place privately with about 15 parents Monday night.
Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett said police Chief Jim Bedell and officer Holly Cerny are heading up the investigation and is the result of a matter reported last week.
Both Frisbie and Honeysett said the investigation will likely follow a slow pace because it involves interviewing children at the kindergarten-through-second-grade school, as well as the parents of at least two 5-year-old boys.