Jump Program Changes

Program for kids making changes after jump rope incident

RESPONSE ON WWLP.COM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS RELEASED THE FINDINGS OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO AN ALLEGED ASSAULT ON A CHILD IN A NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS.

22NEWS REPORTER ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ SPOKE WITH THE PROGRAM'S DIRECTOR WHO SAYS THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE STATE'S RECOMMENDATIONS. THE INVESTIGATION FOLLOWS A JULY 19TH INCIDENT WHEN NORTHAMPTON POLICE SAY TWO PEOPLE TRIED TO

HANG A 9 YEAROLD GIRL WITH A JUMP ROPE OUTSIDE THE CUTCHINS PROGRAM. FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION TO FIND OUT HOW THE CHILD HAD BEEN

LEFT UNSUPERVISED. THEY DETERMINED THE PROGRAM FAILED TO NOTIFY THE STATE OF THE INCIDENT, AND ALSO FAILED TO KEEP A STUDENT SAFE BECAUSE OF A LACK COMMUNICATION. ON THAT DAY, TWO THIRDS OF THE ON DUTY STAFF WERE SUBSTITUTES. CUTCHINS'

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS THEY'VE TAKEN CORRECTIVE ACTION. SO WHAT WE CREATED WAS A CHECK IN EXPERIENCE WHERE THEY GO IN, WE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, WE KNOW HOW YOU ARE GOING TO CONTACT US AND IF THEY DON'T HAVE A CELL PHONE THEY'LL HAVE A

WALKIE TALKIE AND THEN YOU'LL HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THE PERSON WHO'S GOING TO PROVIDE SUPPORT IF YOU NEED IT. CUTCHINS HAS SINCE BOUGHT WALKIE TALKIES THAT WILL BE USED BY STAFF. THEY HAVE ALSO UPDATED THEIR SUPERVISION AND EMERGENCY

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