What Is Erin’s Law?
In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools.
SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:
A minimum of 4 instructional sessions (equal to or greater than a standard class period) of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12.
Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards.
Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based.
Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics.
A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel.
How Will Erin’s Law Be Implemented?
BSD is currently working on a plan to meet this state mandate and align with state health standards through our Health Curriculum Adoption process and the work of our Health Project Team, which includes community members, parents, school board members, teacher and administrators.