April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and for the fourth year, Aledo ISD is supporting the national prevention effort by partnering with the Child Protective Services Board.
This year all Aledo staff are receiving “The warning signs of abuse” pocket pals, and all grades are receiving prevention materials, CPS board member Angie Childers said.
There are bracelets for grades K-5 and pencil bags for grades 6-12, both with the reporting hotline number, 1-800-252-5400.
“The purpose in partnering is to make sure we get the number out,” Executive Director of Curriculum Kathy Allen said. “We want to make sure everyone knows they have access to this resource if they feel that a kid is in danger.”
Online reports can be made at dfps.state.ts.us or txabusehotline.org.
“There is hope for prevention through reporting and recognizing,” Childers said. “You don’t have to be able to prove abuse, just suspect it. Parents should also be aware of the sex offender maps offered through the DPS website, txdps.state.tx.us.”