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The Department has moved to 135 Santilli Highway in Everett. The Department's office and Licensure Welcome Center are open. The new location has free parking and is a short walk from the Wellington station on the MBTA's Orange Line.
Student and Family Support (SFS)

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


Resources by Topic

Bullying and Harassment
Bus Safety
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
Drills and Exercises
Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)
Positive Learning Environment
Prevention and Mitigation
School Health
Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs
Suicide Prevention
Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  • Identifying hazards
  • Assessing hazards
    • Assessing School-Based Hazards: Hazard Assessment Checklist, FEMA
    • Site Assessment — examines the safety, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of the school's buildings and grounds.
    • Culture and Climate Assessment — evaluates student and staff connectedness to the school and problem behaviors.
    • School Threat Assessment — analyzes communication and behaviors to determine whether a student, staff member, or other person may pose a threat.
    • Capacity Assessment — examines the capabilities of students and staff as well as the services and material resources of community partners.
Weather-related Emergencies
  • Follow National Weather Service's (NWS) Forecast Office — Boston/Taunton, MA
  • Sign up for Massachusetts Alerts, a free public safety alerting app including notifications on severe weather watches and warnings

Resources from State Agencies

Resources at the National Level

For more information or assistance, please contact:

The Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) via or 781-338-3010.

Last Updated: June 8, 2023

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

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


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