by CHRIS YOUNG | inewsource

The U.S. Department of Education has closed a long investigation of the San Diego Unified School District’s mishandling of a sexual assault at an elementary school.

According to documents obtained by inewsource through the Freedom of Information Act, district officials acknowledged they didn’t follow district policies and federal law regarding a parent’s complaint that his child was sexually assaulted by a student in a school restroom three years ago.

The school district formally agreed to develop guidelines and training to improve how elementary school staff handles such incidents. If the district fails to comply with the terms, the federal government can withhold funds.

The documents also confirm that the Department of Education is nearly six months into a sexual violence investigation of the Carlsbad Unified.

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