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The Counselor’s Corner

International Academy of Smyrna

Safe Touch Curriculum

The International Academy of Smyrna (IAS) prides itself on the ability to create Global thinkers who are caring, open-minded achievers and life-long learners. Safe Touch is a personal safety curriculum designed for kindergarten through fifth grade students to teach the skills they need to prevent or interrupt child sexual abuse.  Children learn what abuse is; they learn personal body safety rules; they learn who can help them; and they learn what to do if threatened or harmed. Using the ASCA model’s Mindset and Behaviors our school is addressing the following areas:

M 1.    Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being

B-SS 8. Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self, when necessary

IAS will follow the Safe Touch Curriculum which is designed for scholars in grades K-6 grade and addresses the following Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn that their body is their own and they are in charge of it.
  • Students will acquire the skills and techniques to identify unsafe situations and to react appropriately.
  • Students will learn to respond assertively to unwanted or inappropriate touch.
  • Students will learn to leave and tell a trusted adult.

(https://www.kidscenter.org/safe-touch/)

The Safe Touch Curriculum requires a five-day lesson plan:

K-1 grades = 30 minutes each day
2-3 grades = 45 minutes each day
4-5 grades = 45 minutes each day (https://www.kidscenter.org/safe-touch/)

The Safe Touch curriculum continues our goal to empower scholars with the socio-emotional skills that help them with being global thinkers and life-long learners.  IAS will implement the Safe Touch Curriculum during September – October annually including follow up classroom guidance lessons during the school year.

Safe Touch Opt-Out Form

Safe Touch Concerns

Safe Touch Calendar