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Parents and Guardians,
Erin's Law implementation is beginning its second year here at Westgate. The district has sent out emails to all families and specific classroom presentation dates have been sent out online in the Wolverine Weekly.
Erin’s Law, or Illinois Public Act 097-1147, requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in prekindergarten through twelfth grades. District 25 began providing instruction in compliance with Erin’s Law during the 2015-16 school year. Age-appropriate instruction helps students recognize unsafe situations, keep themselves safe, and understand how to respond to unsafe situations. School social workers work with each grade level to provide age-appropriate information on topics such as safe versus unsafe touching, the touching rule, secrets, and reporting.
The following link includes more information, including presentations and opt-out forms.
Annie MacDowell and Jeff Pawelski are the Social Workers at Westgate Elementary. Miss Mac is the School Social Worker and Mr. Pawelski is the Integrated Services Social Worker.