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Child sexual abuse prevention groups now invited to apply as approved elementary school providers

SALT LAKE CITY – A review committee organized by the Utah State Board of Education is now accepting applications from providers interested in helping to implement House Bill 286 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in public schools across the state.

The application will include a brief presentation, and providers are now invited to sign up for a time to present their material.

Passed in 2014, House Bill 286 is scheduled to be fully implemented in schools in 2016. It requires the following actions:

  • That the Board, in partnership with the Department of Human Services, approve instructional materials for child sexual abuse prevention.
  • Local education agencies (LEAs) use the instructional materials approved by the Board to provide child sexual abuse prevention and awareness training and instruction to school personnel and the parents/guardians of elementary school students.
  • That a school district or charter school may provide child sexual abuse prevention and awareness instruction to elementary school students, subject to certain requirements.

In June, the Utah State Board of Education approved the guidelines for instructional materials for child sexual abuse prevention. Those minimum guidelines were developed with help from multiple state agencies, prevention advocates, and other experts in the field.

The review committee will hear presentations from potential providers of instruction materials on the following dates: September 21, 24, 28, and October 1. Potential providers of instructional materials should prepare for a one-hour presentation on any or all of the child sexual abuse prevention curriculum areas: 1) elementary students; 2) school personnel; and 3) parents/guardians of elementary students.

Providers can schedule an appointment presentation time by contacting Andrea Curtin at 801-538-7976.

Utah State Board of Education
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