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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett

WENATCHEE - With the public school system going virtual, a local sheriff is worried about the lack of protection offered by school districts when something seems awry with a student at home.

All Washington public schools are required to report any domestic issues involving students whether it’s in the form of a physical sign or troubling details reported by the student.

On Thursday, a local law enforcement agency released statistics from its Spillman System that shows a 79% decline in Child Protective Services reports in Chelan and Douglas counties through May 31. The figure was compared to that same time period over the last three years.

“The 79% decrease in CPS referrals is extremely alarming as it is highly likely there are vulnerable children being victimized and traumatized going undetected in a much larger scale.  That is deeply concerning to me as a sheriff, citizen, parent and grandparent,” Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett told iFIBER ONE News.

iFIBER ONE News was informed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office that CPS reports have fallen 32% in its jurisdictional boundary so far in 2020.

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