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West Aurora developing plan for reporting sex abuse

Updated: October 3, 2012 6:16AM

AURORA — The West Aurora School Board is scheduled to talk about a new district Safety Action Plan at its meeting Tuesday. The plan details how the district and employees should handle instances of potential sexual abuse of students.

The plan includes 31 suggestions for how the district intends to handle reporting instances where sexual abuse could be involved, and how to communicate with employees what their responsibilities are when it comes to contacting the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

“It’s a draft. It will be presented in public session. But it’s too early to tell what the draft will contain,” West Aurora spokesperson Mike Chapin said.

The plan comes on the heels of a Beacon-News investigation which found school officials failed to contact DCFS immediately after hearing complaints about former West Aurora High School band director Steve Orland’s behavior in July 2010, 10 months before he was charged with the sexual abuse of a pair of band students. Orland is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence.

The matter is now believed to be under investigation by the Kane County state’s attorney.

The Safety Action Plan being considered by the board includes items that were previously in place, are currently being implemented, and could possibly be implemented in the future.

The School Board meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library at West Aurora High School.

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