December 9, 2016
House Bill 6193, or Erin’s Law, mandates that Illinois public schools extend their current mandated educational programs regarding personal safety, abuse education and prevention curriculum to students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. The goal of the law is to teach children to avoid situations that may lead to abuse and to report any instances of abuse they may have endured.
Providing abuse education in schools is not a new initiative. Mandates under the Health Education Act and Internet Safety Education Curriculum require instruction beginning in sixth grade. Erin’s Law simply extends this education into grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.
Once again, in Pre-K through sixth grade, Imagination Theater will be conducting age-appropriate assemblies at your child’s school regarding personal safety, abuse education and prevention. This assembly will 1) create awareness and encourage children to think about different kinds of touches, 2) discuss the difference between safe and unsafe touches, and 3) emphasize that if you are touched in a way that makes you uncomfortable, it is not your fault, and you should tell an adult that you trust.
Burbank School District 111 Social Workers and Health teachers will work closely with administrators to address any questions should they arise.
The purpose of this curriculum extension is to proactively build competencies within our students regarding safety, abuse and prevention while reducing the likelihood that children will be abused, encouraging them to come forward immediately if they are abused and help children receive appropriate services in order to lessen long-term negative effects from abuse.
Should you have any question’s regarding the law or its implementation, please contact your child’s principal or myself. If you do not want your child to participate, please write a letter and send it to your child’s teacher. Parents are welcome to attend, please contact the principal for your child’s assembly schedule.
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Burbank School District 111
Imagination Theater - Erin's Law Assembly Schedule