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Student and Family Support (SFS)

Emergency Management Planning for Schools

Information for Schools about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency Management Planning Updates
11/14/2023 Download Word Document  School Behavioral Threat Assessments: An Introduction, a Train-the-Educator 4-hour Virtual Training, offered by REMS & DESE -Register for December 13 or 14, 2023
10/13/2023 Download PDF Document  Massachusetts Bomb Threat Response Guidance
06/08/2023 View HTML Page  Medical Behavioral Health Emergency Response Model Plan now available (along with submission information)

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

Information for Families

COVID-19 Resources

Emergency planning starts at home. Here are some resources to help engage children in family emergency planning efforts:

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: November 14, 2023

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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