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Effective December 2021, Senate Bill 9 requires the following:
Curriculum overview presentations for Student Health Advisory Committees (SHAC) as required by Senate Bill 9. See the summary below:
SUMMARY OF THE BILL
- Allows local school health advisory councils (SHACs) to recommend instruction regarding child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking, if it is age/grade-level appropriate curriculum that does not conflict with standards set by the State Board of Education and is in accordance with the requirements outlined below.
- Requires that school boards develop policies and procedures for the adoption of new curriculum, including holding public meetings, having “academic experts” review the curriculum, and seeking the advice of the local SHAC. The additional requirements for child sexual abuse education referenced in the bill are subject to the same degree of transparency as human sexuality education, and include notice to parents, posting the curriculum on the school district’s website, allowing parents to purchase a copy of the curriculum, etc.
- Before each school year, the district must provide notice of the instruction to parents and allow for parents to opt their child out of instruction. Additionally, parents must provide written consent if they agree to allow their child to receive the instruction.
If your school would like to receive prevention education presentations, please invite us to present an overview of the curriculum to your SHAC committee. You can read the entirety of SB9 here.
Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center provides the following programs for PTA’S,
Teachers, Churches, Civic and Professional Organizations:
We would love the opportunity to come and talk to your group, church or school at no cost to you.
Interested in having us talk to your group? Contact Traci Cooper-Ives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Happy Bear” is an interactive 30-minute play that introduces the basics of recognizing, resisting, and reporting child abuse. The presentation teaches children what welcome, and unwelcome touches are. Children learn that they can say “no” and move away if someone gives them an unwelcome touch. Most importantly, they learn who safe adults are and that they need to tell a safe adult if anyone gives them an unwelcome touch. This presentation is appropriate for children pre-k through 1st grade. Sunflower House created “Happy Bear”.
P.S. It’s My Body!
P.S. It’s My Body! is an innovative practical safety curriculum for children designed by Sunflower House to teach and reinforce the three R’s of personal safety, Recognizing, Resisting, and Reporting. This presentation is appropriate for children in 1st-5th grades. This is a 30 minute presentation.
Child and Teen Safety Matters
This is a program designed by the Monique Burr Foundation for students in 1st-12th grades. These lessons are evidence-based, and educate and protect children and teens from all types of bullying, abuse, and victimization. The curriculum utilizes a two-lesson format. For more information click here.
Play it Safe!
Play it Safe! Is a child abuse awareness and prevention program that incorporates age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children to recognize potentially abusive behavior. It also provides them with tools to respond to threatening situations and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult. The presentations we offer are Abusive Relationships, Aiden’s Discovery, An Abuse of Power, Relationships: Paint Them Healthy. For more information click here
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Child Sex Trafficking
This 1 to 1.5-hour training is geared toward those who work in schools and child-serving organizations. This training is also presented to community members who want to learn to recognize and report. This training covers:
- Warning signs of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, or other maltreatment including children with cognitive disabilities
- Procedures for seeking assistance for a child who is at risk.
- Techniques for reducing a child’s risk
All presentations meet Texas Education Code Section 38.004