NOTE: Elmwood Park High School Principal Mr. Douglas Wildes sent the following letter to the EPHS community on Oct. 2, 2020. To translate the letter into a language of your choice, go to the top right corner of this page where the Google Translate button ("Select Language") is located, and choose from the menu of available languages. Click here for the PDF version of the letter.
On Jan. 24, 2013, then-Governor Quinn signed into effect Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law requires child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. District 401 will be implementing these lessons during the 2020-21 school year. This information is disseminated to students during health and PE classes.
The Student Services administration and the District social workers worked together to develop age-appropriate presentations for our students. Ninth through the 12th-grade curriculum will focus on personal body safety, making healthy choices, sexual harassment, interpersonal relationships and identifying trusted adults. Lessons will occur within your student’s health class at various points throughout the school year.
The District realizes this is a sensitive topic; therefore, please contact your student’s dean in writing by 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, if you do not want your student to participate in these lessons.
In order to learn more about the content of these lessons, please join us for a virtual information session for parents and guardians from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. We will review what will be presented in the classrooms and how this information will be shared and discussed for the various ages and grade levels.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's building administrator.
Mr. Douglas J. Wildes
Elmwood Park High School