On Thursday, May 13, the 2021 San Bernardino Grand Jury announced it is soliciting information from parents of students in the Redlands Unified School District regarding past or present concerns involving suspected inappropriate contact and/or behaviors between students and staff. Parents can submit replies to RUSD@gj.sbcounty.gov by Monday, June 7.

The Grand Jury and school district did not comment on the reason for the probe.

In January 2020, AB 218 extended the statute of limitations for reporting and filing claims related to the sexual abuse of minors. It affects churches, youth organizations, public schools and other entities.

In 2018, Redlands Unified launched the ACT Now initiative to encourage staff and students to come forward to report suspicious or inappropriate behavior. If they see something, hear something or sense something, they are to alert Child Protective Services and law enforcement. The ACT Now initiative includes the adoption of an Adult to Student policy defining appropriate boundaries, launched an awareness campaign in every classroom in every school, added school resource officers, trained staff to identify signs of grooming behavior by predators and provided detailed and enhanced campus monitoring. ACT Now is hyper-focused on prevention, awareness, early intervention, as well as integrated internal reporting protocols and physical and structural safety.

For further questions or comments, visit the Grand Jury’s website at wp.sbcounty.gov/grandjury/ or contact the Grand Jury assistant at (909) 387-9120.

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