The Austin ISD teacher accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl at Boone Elementary School will return to work next week. This comes after the Travis County District Attorney's Office found insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.
A letter was sent home to Boone Elementary families updating them on the case. As a result, district officials made themselves available to the media to discuss a safety initiative they are now launching.
FOX 7 has learned that implementing the initiative was discussed before any allegations were made. But, because of the heightened attention, the superintendent decided to accelerate the initiative.
AISD says in an effort to provide the safest environment for their more than 83,000 students, there will be mandatory training.
Administrators will start this summer and then all teachers will be trained in the fall. It will cover the educator's code of ethics, appropriate student-employee relationships, as well as reporting child abuse and neglect. This will be a collaborative effort between many AISD departments, including school police, legal and human resources.
Another change that was announced, is that there will now be two detectives assigned to every sex assault case moving forward.
"Generally we have one, but because of the protocols that we have increased now, we want to make sure we are following all the investigative steps. It always helps when we have a second detective out there...to have different eyes on a situation and that we're not missing something," says Asst. Chief Chris Evoy, Austin ISD Police.
There will be a meeting at Boone Elementary on Thursday at 6pm in the cafeteria. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the sexual assault case. Since no charges are being filed in, the teacher will be returning to work next Monday, May 22nd.
The full letter sent out is as follows:
"Dear Boone Elementary School Families,
It is one of our top priorities at Boone Elementary School to keep families updated on situations that affect our campus and that have been reported in the media.
With that in mind, I am writing to let you know of the decision reached by the Travis County District Attorney’s office: that there is insufficient evidence to support the allegation of sexual assault involving one of our students. The teacher will return to her classroom Monday, May 22.
We will hold a meeting for families beginning at 6 p.m. this Thursday, May 18, in the cafeteria. All families are welcome. We look forward to a respectful, productive discussion.
Media may be present outside our school but, out of respect for our families' privacy, they will stay off campus. Spanish interpretation services will be provided.
As always, we appreciate your support of Boone Elementary School. Please feel free to call me at 512-414-2537 if you have any questions.
Principal Alan Stevens Boone Elementary School"