District of Columbia police are investigating a report by a Dunbar High School student alleging that the student and a staff member engaged last fall in inappropriate conduct.

According to a statement issued by District of Columbia Public Schools spokesman Frederick Lewis, DCPS, which was recently notified of the report, informed parents of the allegations by way of a letter written by principal Stephen Jackson.  

In correspondence dated Jan. 6, details of the incident remained sketchy, but it states that an investigation had been launched and is ongoing.

The letter also states that the staff member has been removed from the school while the investigation continues and that counseling is available to students if they need it.

"Your student's safety remains my top priority," Jackson wrote. "You have my commitment that we will do everything possible to ensure that Dunbar is an environment where all students can learn and teachers can teach."

Jackson added that while additional information cannot be shared at this time, parents are encouraged "to reach out to me if I can be of further assistance."

Jackson, who was hired early last month by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, comes to the Northwest Washington school at a time when Henderson said she felt a change in leadership was needed to change all aspects of its operations. 

Upon bringing in Jackson, the chancellor ousted the private New York-based firm that had been selected nearly three years ago by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee to turn around the academic and cultural performance of the struggling school.