Wheatland offers maternity leave
WHEATLAND — Platte County School District No. 1 has just catapulted to a very desirable district to be employed by for incoming and resident educators. At the last school board meeting the board voted in a new policy: paid maternity leave.
As of now, Platte County is the only district in the state to offer paid leave for teachers to recover and bond with their newborns. Only a handful of states or cities currently offer it including Washington state, New Jersey and Delaware, as well as the District of Columbia and New York City.
“Six years ago a lot of teachers in our district retired and there were lots of new teachers entering the district. Many of them have children and not much in the way of leave. Only nine days of paid leave,” explained longtime Wheatland High School teacher Susan Schomburg. “It’s 2019, women dominate the education field, why not be on the cutting edge of offering desirable benefits?”
Proponents of the policy met with the school attorney near the beginning of last year to start working on the details and negotiating with the district. Eligible employees must have been full-time employees for at least 90 days. Maternity/paternity leave may also be used for an adoption of a child under 18 years old. Employees may take up to 12 weeks of leave. Three weeks will be compensated at 100 percent of their regular, daily pay and an additional nine weeks of unpaid leave is available.
Sex assault reported at UW
LARAMIE — After just the first day of fall classes at the University of Wyoming, a sexual assault allegedly occurred in one of the university’s dormitories, according to an email from UW.
According to UW’s police logs, staff reported the Downey Hall “sex offense” Thursday morning. The log indicates the crime occurred at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, when a male perpetrator who was “known to the victim” assaulted a female.
“Advocacy and medical support options were provided to the victim, and the matter is under investigation,” UW’s email stated.
The email was sent to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990, which requires universities to share information about crimes and other safety issues.
The Clery Act requires emergency notifications about imminent dangerous situations, like a tornado. It also requires “timely warnings” about a serious crime, like the one issued Wednesday.
In the last year UW has sent out four timely notices for sexual assaults.
One of those instances later was discovered not to have occurred on campus, UW spokesman Chad Baldwin said in an email.
In that same period, 14 sexual assaults were reported to UW Police.
Police logs state there was an anonymous report Aug. 21 of a sexual assault occurring in the “campus area.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education there were 21 reported rapes in on UW’s campus in 2017, 19 in 2016 and 14 in 2015.