Safe and Supportive Schools: Resources and Links
On August 13, 2014, provisions of An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools were enacted into law when Governor Deval Patrick signed the legislature’s omnibus Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. These provisions establish a statewide “safe and supportive schools framework” to assist schools to create safe and supportive learning environments “that improve educational outcomes for students.”
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What are Safe and Supportive Schools?
The law defines a safe and supportive schools as “… schools that foster a safe, positive, healthy and inclusive whole-school learning environment that:
(i) enables students to develop positive relationships with adults and peers, regulate their emotions and behavior, achieve academic and non-academic success in school and maintain physical and psychological health and well-being and
(ii) integrates services and aligns initiatives that promote students’ behavioral health, including social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children’s mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions and other similar initiatives.”
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