Bree's Law Information - From the Principal
Dear Mat-Su Central Parents,
To increase awareness and reduce the prevalence of sexual violence, Alaska has passed legislation called the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, otherwise known as Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law.
(Erin’s Law) requires that the governing body of each school district adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, andÂ provide parental notices relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve.
(Bree’s Law) requires that the governing body of each school district adopt and implement a policy, establish a training program for employees and students, andÂ provide parental notices relating to dating violence and abuse in grades seven through twelve. A training program adopted under this section must emphasize prevention and awareness.
To meet the requirements of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, Mat-Su Central would like to partner with you as your child’s primary home educator. Please click on the following links in order to access the District’s curriculum resources designated to provide the appropriate lessons for each grade level.
- Alaska Safe Children’s Act Curriculum Grades K-5
- Alaska Safe Children’s Act Grades 6-8
- Alaska Safe Children’s Act Grades 9-12
We currently have several of the children’s books and teen health curriculum listed in these links available for you to check-out in our counseling office. If we can be of assistance please reach out to a member of our school’s counseling team (Tracy Houser, Tara Moore, Deb Haynes, or Michelle Boyden) at 352-7450.
Sincerely, John Brown, Principal
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
ACEs are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain.
This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.
Netflix “13 Reasons Why” Concerns
Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility. The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising such concerns. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and the JED Foundation have created talking points for conversations with youth specific to the 13 Reasons Whyseries, available online.
Safe Messaging for Students
- Suicide is never a solution. It is an irreversible choice regarding a temporary problem. There is help. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, talk to a trusted adult, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741.
We are re-working this page to more accurately reflect opportunities and share what we can provide through our guidance counseling department.
If you are looking for specific information related to high school requirements and opportunities, please visit the newly updated High School page.