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1-29-2020 NPS Follow Up Communication

We understand that there will be an arraignment in Waterford, Michigan tomorrow. The alleged conduct occurred over a period of time in 2010, when he was a teacher at a private school in Oakland County. We do not have any reason to believe, at this time, that the allegations and charges involve any current or former Northville student.

As you are aware, upon notification of his arrest, Mr. Dean was immediately placed on administrative leave, and directed not to be present on school property, at any school events, or have contact with any students at Northville Public Schools, pending completion of the District’s review, and legal processes. Additionally, a number of conditions were set forth by the Court during the arraignment, including an order of no contact with minors, a monetary bond, and if released from custody, a GPS tether.

We will continue to work with law enforcement throughout the legal process. Our thoughts of concern and support go out to the victim and her family. We also have empathy for the family of the individual faced with these charges. As a school community, we need to continue to be mindful of how we communicate at this time, especially through social media. Comments made without empathy can be deeply hurtful to all involved.

The safety and emotional well-being of our students, families and staff is of paramount concern to us as a school district. Our high school social workers, counselors, teachers and administrators continue to be available to support students in this difficult situation, along with our School Resource Officer. At the end of this letter, we have included several “talking points” that reflect how we have responded to questions and concerns raised by our students and/or families, along with a few links to references that you may find helpful in talking with children about this difficult topic.

If there are any points of concern or anxiety that surface about perceived or alleged improper conduct, we stand ready to discuss and review these concerns, in coordination with law enforcement. Our Title IX Coordinators may be contacted by students and/or parents with any pertinent information or concern:

Mr. David Rodgers, Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources
RodgerDa@northvilleschools.org, 248-344-3537
 
Ms. Beth Santer, Director of Special Services,
SanterEl@northvilleschools.org, 248-344-3530
 
Additionally, you may contact the Northville Township Police Department directly at 248-349-9400 if you have any relevant information or concern.
 
We continue to seek opportunities for constructive dialogue with our students, staff, families, and community about the importance of reporting any instance of potentially inappropriate, unsafe, or concerning conduct, even when the issues are difficult or hard to discuss. Consistent with our District goals, we seek to partner together to help our young people feel safe, respected and cared for in our collective community.

Thank you, as always, for your understanding, as we work collectively with you, and our community partners to meet the needs of our students, our staff, and our families.