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Student Government Day

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Student Government Day (SGD)

  1. How are students elected?
    While the method of electing student designees and student alternates for Student Government Day may vary from school to school, the following standard procedures are recommended:

    1. Elections should be school-wide, with candidates limited to juniors and seniors.
    2. To allow more students the opportunity to participate, no student who has been the school’s elected student designee or student alternate should run for re-election.
    3. Elections should be conducted in the spirit of M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 12M, which states, "Such elections shall be conducted under the supervision of the principals…and insofar as possible, shall be conducted as are elections of members of the General Court."

  2. Can both elected students attend SGD?
    The elected student designee and student alternate should both attend. If for some reason the student designee is unable to attend Student Government Day, the student alternate will serve as the school's student designee to Student Government Day. Please note that whether the student alternate takes the role of an absent student designee to Student Government Day, in most cases he or she will also have the opportunity to participate in the day's activities.

  3. Is transportation provided for SGD?
    Transportation is not provided. The State House is located at 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02133. State House Directions.

  4. Where do I enter the State House?
    You can use either of the two public entrances:

    1. The General Hooker Entrance is on Beacon Street just right of the center gate; look for the statue of General Joseph Hooker on his horse.
    2. The Ashburton Park Entrance is on Bowdoin Street: look for a white column with an eagle on top. This entrance offers handicap accessibility; for more information on handicap accessibility, please call (617) 727-3676.

  5. Is there parking at the State House?
    The Massachusetts State House does not have public parking facilities. We recommend using public transportation, as it is more convenient and less expensive. The nearest parking facility to the State House is the Boston Common Garage, operated by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Information can be obtained at (617) 954-2096 or at MCCA Boston Common Garage page.

  6. Is public transportation to the State House available?
    The State House is a short walk from the Park Street stop on the MBTA's Red and Green Lines and from Government Center on the Green and Blue Lines. Information on bus and train schedules, rates, and routes can be obtained from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), (617) 222-3200, or toll free at 1-800-392-6100.

    Information on Commuter Rail options to North and South Stations can be obtained from the MBTA at (617) 222-3200. For schedule and rate information about Commuter Boats, please contact Boston Harbor Cruises in (617) 227-4321 (Charlestown) or (781) 749-8009 (Hingham).

  7. Is lunch provided?
    No, the day will end promptly at 1:00 p.m. Students and their chaperones can make lunch arrangements on their own. It is recommended that students eat a good breakfast because they will not have an opportunity to eat until 1:00 pm.

  8. What should I wear?
    Appropriate men's attire is a sport coat/slacks or a suit, shirt with a collar, tie, and dress shoes. Appropriate women's attire is a business suit/dress or blouse/shirt and skirt or pants and dress shoes. No jeans of any color are allowed.

  9. What should I bring?
    Please bring a school-issued or government-issued ID. All other materials will be provided in the packets students will receive at registration. Please note that we discourage students from bringing backpacks, purses, or other such items to the State House, as these must be searched, which may delay timely registration. Food and beverages are not allowed in the auditorium or chambers where the day's activities will take place. Also note that students are not permitted to bring any type of campaign materials to the event.

  10. What time should I arrive?
    Please plan to arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. A large number of students will need to check in a very short time period, so you need to allow time to go through security and registration. Please account for the heavy morning commute, and begin your trip to Boston early to ensure your timely arrival. The Student Government Day activities will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

For more information, see the Student Government Day webpage.

Last Updated: October 16, 2019
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