WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — An employee at a West Warwick elementary school has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior.

In a newsletter to parents and staff Monday, West Warwick Superintendent Karen Tarasevich explained that the investigation began late last week when the allegations were brought to the district’s attention.

The superintendent said the Maisie E. Quinn School employee was immediately escorted off school property.

“Allegations by a student of this nature are disturbing and are taken seriously by the district,” Tarasevich wrote.

Tarasevich did not go into detail about the allegations, nor did she name the employee, “out of respect for the student and their family.”

“I can assure you that the health, safety and privacy of our students, staff and families is our utmost priority,” she continued.

The district is investigating the allegations alongside the West Warwick Police Department. Tarasevich said while the investigation will take time, the district will be as open and transparent as possible throughout the process.

“As we work through this difficult situation, our hope is that as a district, we can support one another as we always do through challenging times,” Tarasevich said. “We are committed to maintaining an environment in which all students can be safe so they can learn and thrive.”

The elementary school held a community meeting Tuesday night to discuss the ordeal and answer any questions parents may have.

But Yvonne Swindle, a parent who attended the meeting, tells 12 News she left with more questions than answers.

“Us parents are just kind of sitting here with our hands up,” Swindle said. “We know something happened, but we don’t really know a lot of the specifics.”

“Give us more answers,” she continued. “Honestly, who it was would be a big help for us so we could know if our kid was with this person.”

Swindle said she’s worried about her daughter, especially since the district isn’t providing any details as to what the allegations entail.

“I don’t really feel comfortable sending my kid to school,” she said. “Especially with the school not wanting to talk more about what’s going on.”

12 News reached out to the West Warwick Police Department for more information but has yet to hear back.