Each year it is our responsibility, as a caring Catholic community, to provide a curriculum that teaches the students appropriate boundaries and personal safety. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People requires the Archdiocese of St. Louis to ensure that all children in both day school and parish school of religion programs receive information that allows them to participate in their own personal safety. The curriculum, “Safe Touch,” is taught by a specially trained educator or volunteer and is age-appropriate. The lessons focus on safety in a non-threatening manner and consist of one class period. The goal of the curriculum is to provide students with safety tools they can use immediately. In addition, resources from Netsmartz.org may be utilized throughout the year by classroom teachers. Netsmartz.org is a free educational resource for educators and parents that provides helpful information, games, videos, and activities that reinforce technology safety in an age-appropriate and fun manner.
The Safe Touch curriculum was developed in partnership with West County Psychological Associates, the Archdiocesan Child Safety Committee, as well as educators and school administrators. This year the curriculum has been updated to include sex trafficking and to provide more information for you as the parent. It is our hope that you take an active role to review the materials that you will be receiving at home. Please continue to reinforce these ideas and rules by asking your child questions, actively monitoring your child’s online behaviors, and participating in any activities that may be sent home.
Please contact the PSR office to find out when this class is scheduled for each grade level. You may also choose to “opt-out” your child if you prefer that they receive the information from you at home. An “opt-out” form will be provided when requested via the PSR office and must be signed and returned. Please review the information provided below.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Resources
3rd-5th Grade Resources
6th-8th Grade Resources