In March 2014, “Erin’s Law,” which focuses on preventing child sexual abuse, was signed into law in Tennessee and went into effect on July 1, 2014 (T.C.A. § 37-1-601). This law encourages schools across the state to provide age-appropriate instruction to students on personal body safety and how to report sexual abuse, including such abuse which may occur in the child’s home, for students in grades K–12. The bill is named after Erin Merryn, an Illinois native who was sexually abused as a child. For more information on Erin’s Law, please visit http://www.tn.gov/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0706.pdf and www.erinslaw.org.
MCPS Department of Counseling and Mental health mandates that all schools in the county use curriculum to prevent child sexual abuse to fulfill Erin's Law. Each year the school counselor will provide lessons to teach children about sexual abuse prevention and how to keep themselves safe. Lessons will be age appropriate. Before the lessons take place each year, your school counselor will send home a letter to notify you of the upcoming lessons and give you the option to opt out if you do not wish for your child to participate in these lessons.
For questions, please contact me in the school counseilng office.