Omaha Public Schools staff will undergo mandatory training on reporting child abuse, beginning Wednesday.

OPS Superintendent Cheryl Logan told the school board on Monday night that the training comes after recent events in the district.

Fontenelle Elementary School first-grade teacher Gregory Sedlacek, 30, has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with a November incident involving a first-grade girl. Omaha police are investigating allegations that Sedlacek sexually assaulted four other first-grade girls.

Sedlacek is accused of digitally penetrating a 7-year-old girl on the playground about 11 a.m. Nov. 19, according to a police report. He was taken out of the classroom and placed on leave Nov. 20, the same day a report was made to the Nebraska child abuse hotline and to district administration, an OPS spokeswoman has said.

Last week, Fontenelle Principal Eric Nelson was placed on leave while officials investigate what happened at the school.

The school board on Monday night also voted to terminate Sedlacek. The action was approved without discussion.

Logan said the training on reporting procedures for child abuse begins Wednesday for principals. Administrators will undergo the training on Thursday, and all school-based staff will take the training Jan. 4.

Logan said all employees, including transportation and facilities staff, will be required to take the training, which will include a 45-minute in-person session and a 15-minute video.

The district has regularly trained staff on reporting child abuse, but Logan said the training now will be required annually and implemented into new staff training.

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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