Child Protection Unit, Grade 5
As you know, we are using the Second Step program in your child’s school through guidance lessons. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn. By providing prevention and early intervention to children, we equip them with skills that are protective, reduce risk, and increase positive outcomes.
To help make our school even more safe and supportive, a trained educator from Mountain Child Advocacy Center will be coming to our school to present lessons from the Second Step Child Protection Unit. In these lessons, students will learn the following specific skills to help keep themselves safe from dangerous or abusive situations:
- How to use the Ways to Stay Safe to recognize when something is unsafe, report anything unsafe to an adult, and refuse to participate.
- How to always ask a parent or the person in charge first before going somewhere, doing something, or accepting something from someone.
- How to recognize safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and how to use the Private Body Parts Rule to identify possible sexual abuse.
- How to refuse and report unsafe or unwanted touches and how to report possible sexual abuse to an adult.
You also have an important role in helping your child stay safe! Your child’s teacher will email you Home Links which have activities to help you and your child create a family safety plan.
If you have questions about the Child Protection Unit, you may contact your child’s school counselor or MCAC representative. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in these lessons, please complete, sign, and return the bottom portion of this letter.
Go online to SecondStep.org and log in with the activation key CPU5 FAMI LYG5 to get more information about what your child is learning and how you can help teach your child about personal safety. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
Kira Shipley, M.Ed.
Mountain Child Advocacy Center
828.213.9824 ext. 3
I do not want my child, _______________________________________, to participate in the Second Step Child Protection Unit lessons.
Parent/Caregiver signature Date