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Emergency Management Planning for Schools

Information for Schools about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Laws and Regulations

Also see DESE's Bullying Prevention and Intervention and Medical and Behavioral Health Emergency Response Plan web pages for additional information on school safety laws and regulations.

Additional Information and Resources

Evidence Based Programs, Curricula and Practices

Please note that the following programs and links are provided as resources for schools and districts. School and district leaders have discretion to select evidence-based curricula and other resources that are not on the list. Local education officials should determine which school safety curricula and strategies are most appropriate for each school and grade they oversee, taking into account students' developmental stages, community contexts, and other factors.

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Anne Gilligan
Safe and Healthy Schools
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
(781) 338-6309

or contact Anne or others through the Office of Student and Family Support via
(781) 338-3010 or

Last Updated: September 13, 2023

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