Superintendent Sara Shubel says that the district started an investigation and placed Hopkins on administrative leave of absence.
"Our district staff; teachers, support staff, and administrators, are held to very high standards of professionalism, ethics, and conduct," said Shubel. "Whenever allegations suggest that these standards have been breached, we will investigate and take appropriate corrective action."
The letter, sent to parents Friday, encourages families to speak with their children about the importance of reporting inappropriate conduct.
The East Grand Rapids Police Department said that they have an open and active investigation regarding someone at the school.
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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI — An East Grand Rapids High School teacher and coach is on leave because of an investigation involving his conduct with former students.
East Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Sara Shubel issued a letter to district parents on Friday, Feb. 9 about the teacher.
She said Nick Hopkins, a high school teacher and track/cross country coach, is on administrative leave.
East Grand Rapids police also say they are investigating a complaint they received from the district this week, although they did not mention Hopkins by name.
According to Shubel’s letter, district leaders recently learned of allegations against Hopkins about “inappropriate conduct involving former district students.”
She said school officials began an immediate investigation. Hopkins was placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
“As educators, we are entrusted to teach and protect our students at all times. As a district we will not tolerate behavior that compromises the safety or well-being of any of our students. Our district staff, teachers, support staff, and administrators are held to very high standards of professionalism, ethics, and conduct. Whenever allegations suggest that these standards have been breached, we will investigate and take appropriate corrective action,” Shubel wrote in the letter.