Act 1 Parent Information Night Jan 7th @5:30

posted Dec 23, 2014, 10:09 AM by Woody Belt   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 10:10 AM ]

 As you may already know, Act 1, a law relating to Vermont’s sexual abuse response system, was passed in 2009 and has started to take effect in schools as of July 2011. This law came about, in part, as a result of the shocking statistics that pointed to the widespread nature of child sexual abuse both nationally and across the state of Vermont. One component of the law requires that all Vermont schools provide sexual abuse prevention education at every grade level (Pre-K through 12) that is both age and developmentally appropriate.  In addition, school faculty and staff will be trained in a number of issues related to child sexual abuse, and similar information will be made available to parents. 

In order to meet the mandate and maintain a safe school environment, Johnson Elementary School, has implemented the We Care Elementary Program for grades 3-6 and the Care For Kids Program for grades Pre-K to 2. 

The We Care Elementary curriculum focuses on a variety of topics such as:

·  Boundaries

·  Empathy

·  Communication skills

·  Coping

·  Healthy relationships

Care For Kids curriculum focuses on a variety of topics such as:

·     Boundaries                               

·     Empathy

·     Communication skills

·     Feelings

·     Positive interactions

What this is NOT: Act 1 programs and curriculum is about life skills and not sex. This is not “health” nor “sex education.”

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend a Parent Night Presentation on January 7th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the school Library.  The We Care Elementary and Care For Kids curriculum coordinators from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will take the opportunity to introduce the program, discuss each program’s approach to sexual abuse prevention education, and answer any questions. 

To get an accurate head count, please complete the RSVP form below, and return it as soon as possible. We hope that you can make it!  Please fill out and return the bottom portion of this invitation to Woody Belt RSVP.  If you would like to learn more about the curricula, feel free to call me.