Dec 2, 2021
Community Consolidated School District 21 serves nearly 7,000 students in 13 schools across 6 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Hawthorne Early Childhood School serves early childhood students. Morning classes are from 9 AM until 11:15 AM, and afternoon classes are from 1 until 3:30 PM. On Friday afternoons, students are not in attendance.
Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, was signed by Governor Pat Quinn in Illinois on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades pre-K through 12. Erin’s Law has now been passed in over 37 states.
In response to the state mandate of educating students about Erin’s Law, Wheeling CCSD21 will host a curriculum called, Be Seen and Heard©, a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program for all students. This curriculum is designed to create an age-appropriate, safe and engaging environment where students will learn about the difference between safe and unsafe touch, the difference between safe and unsafe secrets, and the importance of speaking up to trusted heroes and adults. (Each year the students will learn new concepts and strategies for keeping their bodies safe.)
Parents are invited to attend a special, virtual information meeting to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard© curriculum prior to the schools holding the presentations. A Be Seen and Heard© presenter will be available after for a Q&A session.
The Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 14, will be presented in English. A similar presentation is available at any time in Spanish at Mr. Pacini’s website.
For more information on Victor Pacini or the Be Seen and Heard© curriculum, visit www.ChildhoodVictories.com.