On June 4, 2015, Governor Bentley signed into effect legislative law HB 197, known as Erin’s Law. This law requires all public school systems to provide age appropriate child sexual abuse prevention education in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
In the Lee County School System, the school counselor and other educational professionals will be presenting lessons to each student in 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades to meet the requirements of Erin’s Law. Lee County Schools has decided to utilize the curriculum, Safer, Smarter Kids and Safer, Smarter Teens. This curriculum was chosen to teach children to recognize child sexual abuse, equip them with skills to reduce their vulnerability, and encourage them to report the abuse. This will, in turn, educate and empower students with knowledge and skills to stay safe.
For more information or questions about this law, visit www.erinslaw.org. For more information about the lessons being presented, please visit www.safersmarterkids.org and www.safersmarterteens.org or contact your school counselor.