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Safety Measures At Cedar Ridge Academy Prevent Sexual Abuse
By Craig Rogers
A bevy of important new policies are represented by recent safety measures at Cedar Ridge Academy. Cedar Ridge Academy has undertaken a self-initated audit of its policies to ensure that all security and safety measures that can be taken to preserve student safety and privacy have been fully implemented. The policies represent a safeguard against the possibility that any inappropriate conduct could take place on behalf of the school staff in the foreseeable future. Cedar Ridge Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens that takes the safety of its students very seriously.
Though state standards are drafted to meet the safety needs of students in schools, the safety measures at Cedar Ridge Academy far exceed the standards in place even the most secure schools, and are well above state limits and expectations. Cedar Ridge Academy met with its licensing agent to ensure that policies in place, past, current and future, were and will all be designed expressly in the interest of preserving the integrity of students and families.
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Geary Oakes is a former school nurse that was convicted of commiting an act of sex abuse. He is now serving a twenty-year prison sentence, the maximum allowable under judicial guidelines. When he was hired at Cedar Ridge Academy, he had no prior incident of sexual abuse, or any other criminal behavior. Oakes maintained this clean record throughout his tenure at Cedar Ridge, giving no indication that this horrific act was a possibility. The investigation into Oakes came as a surprise to the whole community. The school facilitated a thorough investigation on behalf of the Sherrif's Department and Child Protective Services to ensure that the behavior was not more widespread. Oakes was terminated immediately and the incident was thoroughly dealt with.
Parental Faith in Student Safety at Cedar Ridge Academy is at an All Time High
In the wake of the incident, parental confidence of enrolled students stayed strong. No students were taken out of Cedar Ridge Academy due to the strengthened safety measures at Cedar Ridge Academy.
There is likely no school that would be safer for parents to send their troubled teen to. Safety measures at Cedar Ridge Academy were designed to respect students and family and preserve integrity and increase trust.