Erin’s Law Compliance Plan

Erin Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor who has vowed her life to have this law passed in all 50 states. Thirty-five states have passed the law, and others have introduced it. Illinois established a Task Force that created the guidelines below. To learn more about Erin and all she is doing to protect children across the country, visit her website.

Key Components of the Erin’s Law

  • All public schools in Illinois must implement a child abuse sexual prevention program in grades Pre-K through 12th.
  • Programs should teach students to recognize abuse, equip themselves with skills to reduce vulnerability, and encourage them to speak up.
  • More than one session 
  • Conducted annually
  • Facilitated by a wide-range of personnel.
  • Evidence-based research should be used with an evaluation component.
  • PD for administrators, teachers, and any other staff that are mandated reporters.
  • Programs should encourage parental involvement.
Grade Level Plan
Early Childhood Program (ages 3-5)
  • Child Protection Unit through Second Step Curriculum
  • Includes unlimited online staff training  
  • Total of 6 lessons on child protection, including 3 lessons specifically designed to support Erin’s Law
  • Lessons are provided by our School Social Workers. Classroom teachers stay for the lesson on safe-touch in order to be available to students that have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Click here for a closer look at the Early Childhood lesson.
Kindergarten
  • Child Protection Unit through Second Step Curriculum
  • Includes unlimited online staff training  
  • Total of 6 lessons on child protection, including 3 lessons specifically designed to support Erin’s Law
  • Lessons are provided by our School Social Workers. Classroom teachers stay for the lesson on safe-touch in order to be available to students that have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Click here for a closer look at the Kindergarten lesson.
1st Grade
  • 2 day program at each elementary building through Mutual Ground which includes two 45 minute sessions on “Safety Rule” with a focus on safe and unsafe touch.
  • School Social Workers are available to support students.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend our annual Mutual Ground presentation on Sexual Abuse Prevention which occurs in late-January.
  • Click here for a closer look at the 1st grade program.
2nd – 3rd Grade
  • Child Protection Unit through Second Step Curriculum
  • Includes unlimited online staff training  
  • Total of 6 lessons on child protection, including 3 lessons specifically designed to support Erin’s Law
  • Lessons are provided by our School Social Workers. Classroom teachers stay for the lesson on safe-touch in order to be available to students that have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Click here for a closer look at the 2nd grade and 3rd grade lessons.
4th Grade
  • 2 day program at each elementary building through Mutual Ground which includes two 45 minute sessions on “Safety Rule” with a focus on safe and unsafe touch
  • School Social Workers are available to support students.
  • Click here for a closer look at the 4th grade program.
5th Grade
  • Child Protection Unit through Second Step Curriculum
  • Includes unlimited online staff training  
  • Total of 6 lessons on child protection, including 3 lessons specifically designed to support Erin’s Law
  • Lessons are provided by our School Social Workers. Classroom teachers stay for the lesson on safe-touch in order to be available to students that have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Click here for a closer look at the 5th grade lesson.
6th Grade
  • Mutual Ground provides a lesson on sexual abuse to all 6th graders through Health Class.  They will come 3 times a year to ensure that all 6th graders receive the lesson.
  • Lessons include information on sexual abuse terms, signs of abuse as well as specific information on how students can get support from a trusted adult.
  • Mutual Ground Counselors and RMS Counselors and Social Workers are available to support students.
7th Grade
  • Mutual Ground provides a 2-day lesson to all 7 graders with particular focus on how students can protect themselves from sexual abuse from older peers.
  • Lessons will be provided through PE class for 2 consecutive days in groups of 28-30 students.
  • Mutual Ground Counselors and RMS Counselors and Social Workers are available to support students.
8th Grade
  • Mutual Ground provides a lesson to all 8th grade students with a particular focus on issues related to sexting,appropriate use of technology and warning signs of sexual abuse.
  • Mutual Ground Counselors and RMS Counselors and Social Workers are available to support students.
9th Grade
  • Mutual Ground provides a 3-day program for each Health class.
  • Mutual Ground Counselors and BHS Counselors and Social Workers are available to support students.
10th -12th Grade
  • Mutual Ground provides a 1-day lesson to all 10th- 12th graders.  Each year the lessons adjust accordingly to the particular grade level with a particular focus on helping students protect themselves from date rape, sexting, and the influence of drugs and alcohol on their safety.
  • Mutual Ground Counselors and BHS Counselors and Social Workers are available to support students.