A New Fairfield mother who said her daughters were sexually assaulted by a family friend is pushing for a law that would require the state to notify a school superintendent when a juvenile who lives in the district and will enroll in school there is a convicted sexual offender.
“We have all seen the horrible and tragic events that are unfolding too often in school settings, when children with mental health issues are not given the help and attention they need,” said the woman, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of her children. “This bill can make real, positive change by giving our school administrators critical information to keep all our kids safe.”
The bill before the Judiciary Committee would require the state to begin notifying superintendents by Oct. 1, 2018. It would then require the state Commissioner of Education and the Judicial Branch to develop a model policy by Jan. 1, 2019 that would assist the juvenile sex offender in the school setting, ensure the safety and well-being of victims and dictate with whom a superintendent may share the information. The mother said the bill was introduced by her district’s state senator, Michael A. McLachlan, R-Danbury, who is vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee.