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Parent Information on Erin's Law

Reported by chanta_shelly@ipsd.org on 12/1/16

Dear Parents of 1st and 2nd Grade Students,

In response to concerns regarding child safety and vulnerability to sexual abuse, the State of Illinois requires schools to provide instruction in personal safety and awareness of safe/unsafe situations. This law is known as Erin's law. This year, our School District is partnering with Mutual Ground, Inc. to provide Personal Body Safety Education instruction to our 1st and 2nd grade classes as part of the district comprehensive plan. Mutual Ground has provided this program in many school districts throughout our area and we look forward to this opportunity for our students.

In each grade level, the program will discuss sexual abuse prevention at an age appropriate level for our students as outlined below:

1st Grade Personal Body Safety (two 45 minute presentations):
• Safe and unsafe touch
• Learning the safety rule
• Discussing the difference between Safe vs Unsafe Secrets

2nd Grade Personal Body Safety (one 45 minute presentation):
• Learning/reviewing the safety rule
• Identifying trusted adults that children can go to for help.

To provide you with more information regarding this program, the School District and Mutual Ground are providing a parent presentation on December 5th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgetown Elementary School (995 Long Grove Dr, Aurora).

This presentation will be the time to hear all about the grade level presentations, as well as an excellent opportunity to learn about what we can do as parents and as a community to help prevent child sexual abuse. This program is for parents only. Spanish translation will be available at the meeting.

You will receive notification as to when the classroom presentations will occur as well as information about your right to opt out for your child. A brochure with further details from Mutual Ground will also be available in English and Spanish on the school website.

Our school is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and that is why we feel that providing this program is so important. If you have further questions, please feel free to call Rhonda Annala, Mutual Ground’s Prevention Education Coordinator at 630-897-0084 x107.

Erin's Law Brochure (pdf)

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