The School District and the School Committee seek to create an
environment that achieves equity for all students and ensures that each
student is a successful learner, is fully respected, and learns to
respect others. By building on strengths and overcoming impediments,
the schools can ensure the academic engagement and school membership of
every student from the moment she/he enrolls to the moment she/he walks
across the stage at graduation.
Respect, fairness, consistency, responsibility, and appropriate social
skills are essential components of our schools. Every effort, both
formal and informal, that supports these values and social skills will
promote a positive learning environment, increase a climate of
acceptance, and improve the quality of relationships among and between
students and adults.
Mechanisms and procedures must be in place in every school and in every
classroom not only to ensure the physical, social, and emotional safety
of students, but also to provide the supports and advocacy necessary
for students. The need for safety, well-being, support, and advocacy
applies to the general student body, to victims, and to alleged
offenders. All members of the school community need clear expectations,
reasonable limits, and established structures and procedures to ensure
safety and to protect the rights of all.
All members of the school community must be aware of school rules.
Non-compliance with any of these rules will lead to appropriate
The School Committee expects prevention and responsiveness on all
issues of safety and well-being to be high priorities in the district
and schools. Every student will report to an adult concerns about
his/her safety and well-being or concerns about the safety and
well-being of others. All adults in the school community will be
trained in their responsibilities as First Responder to student reports,
and every school will have clearly identified and trained Second
Responders providing support for First Responders. All reports from
students or adults regarding issues of safety and well-being will be
The School Committee directs the Superintendent to develop guidelines
for the implementation of this policy and to publish these district
guidelines in the appropriate handbooks. Building principals may
establish specific protocols related to these district guidelines.
Region Voted to Approve: 11/20/07
Amherst Voted to Approve: 12/11/07
Pelham Voted to Approve: 1/03/08
Effective Date: 1/03/08