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Iroquois Co. students offered “Safe Sitter” classes through the public health department.

Iroquois Co. students offered “Safe Sitter” classes through the public health department.

IROQUOIS COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is hosting a “Safe Sitter” program in June for middle school students who want to learn life and childcare skills.

The program comes at a good time as schools are opening up and young students are expected to spend more time at home during the summer. Safe Sitter classes will teach children in grades six through eight important information when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.


Students can learn vital information about how to rescue a choking person, what to do in extreme weather events, staying safe online, preventing problem behaviors, and much more. But it’s not all serious: the lessons will also include lots of fun activities.

Two sessions will take place, each containing two compulsory courses: one from June 6 to 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and another from June 10 to 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The first pair of classes costs $35 and will be held at the Iroquois County Administration Center in Watseka. The second is open only to Milford area public school students, costs $10 and will be located at the Milford District Library in Milford.

To RSVP, call 815-432-2483, email [email protected] or stop by in person at 1001 East Grant Street in Watseka. The registration deadline for the June 6 and 7 session is May 24. The registration deadline for classes on June 10 and 11 is May 27.