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Safe & Supportive Schools

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A variety of other factors influence safe learning environments. Numerous resources are listed below. If you have additional suggestions for listings, please contact the Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL) Unit at achievement@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3010.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Websites

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Swimming Pools Located in Public School Buildings Memorandum - June 2015
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Pandemic Preparedness and All Hazard Planning
The ESE held five Regional Pandemic Planning Summits in the spring of 2006. The Summits addressed statewide, regional and local emergency preparedness planning efforts and began to identify the specific issues school districts may face in the event of an influenza pandemic. Participants' Frequently Asked Questions are available, as are links to state, national and international Information and Resources related to pandemic influenza preparedness and all hazards planning.

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School Building Issues
This website offers links to information related to school buildings and safety.

Other State Entity Websites

Department of Public Health (DPH) - Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
The BSAS oversees the substance abuse and gambling prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth. Responsibilities include: licensing programs and counselors; funding and monitoring prevention and treatment services; providing access to treatment for the indigent and uninsured; developing and implementing policies and programs; and tracking substance abuse trends in the state.

Additional Resources

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC's mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. The numerous resources available include a page for Parents/Guardians as well as NetSmartz,® an interactive, educational safety resource for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Interne

In October 2009, Commissioner Chester met with Thomas Kelley, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, and Kenneth Reich, Ed.D., Co-Director of Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR), to discuss the "SOFAR" Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with the Deployment and Return of a Parent in the National Guard or Other Reserve Components. In many of our classrooms, there are students who have a parent or other loved one in the military and deployed in another part of the world. As educators, we need to be sensitive to these children and to the effect that international conflict has on their lives.

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans Download PDF document  

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

USDE - Safe and Supportive Schools

Download PDF Document Preventing Underage Drinking - Social Host Liability Law Q & A: A social host is anyone (adult or minor) who is in control of the premises and who furnishes alcohol or allows it to be consumed on those premises. The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21. It is against the law to serve or provide alcohol to underage guests or to allow them to drink alcohol in your home or on other property you control. Those who do may be prosecuted criminally. The penalty is a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment for up to a year, or both. (M.G.L. c. 138, s. 34)



Last Updated: Jul 25, 2016
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