In October 2013, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducted a Coordinated Program Review of our district. This review is completed every six years for every public school district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
I am very pleased with the results of our review and the work of our district on behalf of our students. The two minor issues noted have already been resolved.
A copy of our report is available on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website and a link to the report is provided below.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this report or the services of our district.
The passage of the new Bullying Law in Massachusetts requires every school system to develop a local policy to prevent, intervene and respond to any acts of Bullying or Cyber-Bullying that occur among their students.
The basic guidelines of this new piece of legislation are described as follows:
Definition and Prohibition of Bullying
Bullying is defined as the repeated use of a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, by one or more students directed at another student that has the effect of:
- Causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to his or her property
- Placing the other student in reasonable fear of harm to him or herself or of damage to his or her property
- Infringing on the rights of the other student at school
- Materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of a school
This bill prohibits bullying:
- At school and at all school facilities;
- At school-sponsored or school-related, non-school technology or electronic devices
if the bullying affects the school environment.
An official policy has been established for the South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical School District.
To the view the policy in English, please click HERE
To the view the policy in Spanish, please click HERE
To the view the policy in Portuguese, please click HERE
Choose either of the following methods to reporting bullying:
Safety and Security at Keefe Regional Technical School
The personal safety of our students and staff and the security of our school facilities are of paramount importance to the school district leadership and to the district School Committee. As a school community working collaboratively, we have focused on actions we can take to maintain and improve the security of everyone who is present on our campus and assure an environment in which our students, teachers, and staff can achieve their missions without distractions or fears of personal safety.
In recent years we have implemented many changes in operational procedures and our physical environment. School climate, school culture and school safety have been and continue to be administrative priorities. Following the most recent tragic events in Newtown CT, we have been reevaluating all aspects of security related measures ranging from ways to anticipate sources of concern for individuals in need of support services and intervention to the most effective response to situations that might arise.
Access to Keefe Regional Technical School is secured at the commencement of each school day. This secure atmosphere allows us to focus on the day's learning assignments. With all members of our school community we insist on a culture of mutual respect that promotes high expectations regarding the behavior and performance in all roles. We maintain a very supportive network which includes guidance counselors, the school psychologist, and clinical psychology interns. Each of them, every day, prioritizes the well being of our students.
Professional development programs for our faculty cover all aspects of their roles related to intervention and response. These are presented at the beginning of each school year and are reemphasized during the year on appropriate occasions. We constantly seek to develop in each of our students a sense of self esteem, of self confidence and awareness of ways to build constructive relationships with their peers. Thus, we seek to avoid intimidation and bullying or other destructive or demeaning practices in our school environment. We are proud of our ability to recognize and avoiding potentially troublesome behaviors in those respects.
The goal of completely assuring school safety and security is never fully realized. Our efforts toward that goal are ongoing and continuous. Those efforts include reliance upon the combined experience and professional training of our staff and calling upon the resources of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and of independent consultants for guidance and assistance. They help to expand our ability to provide a safe and secure learning environment.
We assure our students, their parents and the communities we serve that we are keenly aware of our responsibility in these matters and seek to meet them as completely as is humanly possible.
ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT (AHERA)
Federal and Massachusetts's laws require that every school be inspected for asbestos. In accordance with EPA regulations and Massachusetts "Right To Know" law, this school has been inspected for asbestos-containing material and the building occupants must be notified as to the presence of asbestos. The existence of a friable type of asbestos material within our school can constitute an imminent health hazard, if fibers are released.
Asbestos - containing material is present in the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street, Framingham, MA 01702
A record of the inspection report, diagrams of the location(s) of any asbestos-containing materials, and other pertinent information contained in the school's Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in the MAIN and BUSINESS offices.
Asbestos containing materials should not be disturbed without proper training and equipment
For further information, please contact the designated AHERA coordinator:
Michael Kane - Facilties Maintenance • 508.416.2337