Monday, Nov. 5
Schmucker Middle School, 56045 N Bittersweet Rd.
Indiana law (IC 20-19-3-11) now requires that all schools provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in grades kindergarten through 12th. Penn-Harris-Madison has partnered with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students.
In November and early December, staff from the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau St. Joseph County and St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit will present the materials to secondary students in grades 6-12. Each unit is age appropriate specific to the grade level.
The elementary (grades K-5) curriculum can be viewed at http://fightchildabuse.org/. The program’s main goal is to educate children about what to do when confronted with abusive behavior, safe and unsafe touches, going to a parent or another trusted adult if they are confronted in an unsafe situation, and that it is not their fault. An “Unsafe Touch” is defined as touching private parts of the body that are covered by a bathing suit. Stranger safety, Internet safety and other situations are also presented.
P-H-M School Corporation will be utilizing the Teen Lures Prevention curriculum to educate middle and high school students (grades 6-12) on a variety of safety issues. For additional information about the curriculum, please visit https://childluresprevention.com/grades7-12/.
To learn more about the new State mandated child abuse/sexual abuse prevention curriculum, all P-H-M parents are invited to attend an optional parent information night on Monday, November 5, 5:30 p.m., at Schmucker Middle School, 56045 N Bittersweet Rd.
Parents have the option to have their student(s) participate in the state mandated educational program.
Parents are asked to return either a paper version of the permission slip or submit it electronically your student(s) school website. *Please note a permission form needs to be returned to your student’s school for each individual child enrolled in a Penn-Harris-Madison School.
To download and print a pdf copy of the elementary (grades K-5) permission form, please click here.
Please click here to download a copy of the secondary (grades 6-12) permission form.
Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to view the pdfs. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s website, at this link www.get.adobe.com/reader/, to download your free version.
If you opt to fill out the paper form, you will need to print the form, fill it out and return it to your student(s) school.
To find a link of the electronic permission form, please visit the home page of your school’s website and click on the news item titled “Parent meeting & permission form for new State mandated curriculum.”