March 1, 2018

As a district, the practice in each of our schools is to take the safety of students and staff very seriously.  Whenever issues arise, our first line of action is always to attempt verbal de-escalation.  Our staff has been trained utilizing the Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) model, which is a nationally researched and ranked program.

In accordance with Massachusetts regulations, if behavioral issues escalate to the point of endangering the physical safety of students or others, “child control hold” is used.  This procedure is only applied in emergency situations of last resort, with extreme caution, and after other lawful and less intrusive alternatives have failed or been deemed inappropriate,

It should be noted that state regulations changed as of January 1, 2016.  Consequently, all of our administrators have received extensive training in the new reporting requirements and changes in the regulations.