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Providing a safe and supportive learning environment is critical for student engagement in school to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in school, and to prepare for college, career and engaging in civic life beyond school. A wide range of services and supports are needed to establish and maintain these learning environments. This web page provides information about the recently updated Safe and Supportive Schools (SaSS) Framework Implementation Guide and Self-Reflection Tool. This page invites school and community members, students and families, and other interested people to review the resource and share feedback to the Department regarding the Framework and Tool, and outlines ways to do that.
A safe and supportive learning environment welcomes, supports, and engages all students to learn deeply, grow, and thrive. It promotes efforts that result in students, staff, families, and community partners experiencing a learning environment that is equitable, culturally responsive, and trauma sensitive. Massachusetts Safe and Supportive Schools Framework Law defines a safe and supportive school as follows (per M.G.L., c.69, s.1P):
Schools that foster a safe, positive, healthy & inclusive whole-school learning environment that:
We invite and welcome interest in reviewing the updated SaSS Framework Implementation Guide and Self-Reflection Tool. The Department partnered with The Blue Scope Group, and the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission and others, to inform the revision process during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. In order to help inform continuous improvements to the resources, we invite administrators, teachers, students, families, community members, and interested others to share your perspectives as it relates to this work.
If you wish to learn more, or have additional comments, concerns, and/or feedback to share please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Last Updated: September 28, 2021
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