BRENTWOOD -- The Loma Vista Elementary School special education teacher who was placed on administrative leave this week has been returned to her classroom by Brentwood Union School District officials.

She and Loma Vista Principal Lauri James were placed on leave after a parent reported a playground incident involving the teacher and a five-year-old preschool student on May 6.

"This decision is based on the investigation conducted by the Brentwood Police Department. This investigation has cleared the teacher of any wrongdoing," BUSD Interim Superintendent Doug Adams said in a written statement. "The district will continue its investigation into established procedures and protocols for working with students, including the issue of mandated reporting."

Brentwood Police completed its investigation on Monday and found the abuse claims against the teacher to be unfounded. District officials have maintained that James did not notify the police or the district office about the incident and another parent reported the incident to the district late last week.

According to Adams, James will remain on paid leave during the district's investigation into the matter. He noted that the placement of an employee on leave does not indicate any wrongdoing.

"The investigation will be conducted beginning this Friday by an outside investigator," Adams wrote. "We hope to have this concluded by early next week."



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