Every three years beginning Sept. 1, 2012, each school must submit a medical emergency response plan that was developed with school, police, fire, and emergency personnel. Updated plans are due September 1, 2021.
In addition, "An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence" amended the original statute to require that schools must practice the response at the beginning of each school year and periodically throughout the year to evaluate and modify the plans as necessary. Superintendents should submit plans on behalf of their districts' schools and are encouraged to use the MERP DropBox in the Security Portal to do so. For the superintendent or designee to submit information through the MERP DropBox, a district-level directory administrator must assign that person the MERP DropBox role in that person's profile. If districts have any difficulty using the DropBox, they may email the plan(s) to DESE at MERP@doe.mass.edu. Before submitting their schools' plans, DESE is asking districts to name the file(s) according to the following convention: 8DigitSchoolCode_School Name_ DistrictName_Date. For example: 01650003_Beebe_MaldenPS_08-28-21. School and district names can be abbreviated. To confirm a school code, search for the school under "public schools" on Profiles. For assistance, please contact the Office of Student and Family Support via MERP@doe.mass.edu or (781) 338-3010.
Last Updated: May 18, 2021
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