Accidents are undesirable, unplanned occurrences that can result in tragic consequences —bodily harm, loss of school time, property damage, legal action, and even fatality. The School Committee will guard against such occurrences by taking every possible precaution to protect the safety of all students, employees, visitors, and other present on school property or at school-sponsored events.
The Committee will comply with safety requirements established by governmental authorities and will insist that its staff adhere to recommended safety practices as these pertain, for example, to the school plant, special areas of instruction, student transportation, school sports and occupational safety.
The practice of safety will also be considered a facet of the instructional program of the school. Instruction in accident prevention as well as fire prevention; emergency procedures; traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian safety.
The Superintendent-Director will have overall responsibility for the safety program of the school system. It will be the responsibility of the Superintendent-Director to see that appropriate staff members are kept informed of current state and local requirements relating to fire prevention, civil defense, sanitation, public health, and occupational safety.
Efforts directed toward the prevention of accidents will succeed only to the degree that all staff members recognize that preventing accidents is a daily operational responsibility.
SOURCE: MASC August 2016
LEGAL REF.: M.G.L. 71:55C
603 CMR 36:00
EEAE, School Bus Safety Program
GBGB, Staff Personal Security and Safety
NOTE: In addition to the subcategories of code EB (all of these file locations relate to safety) there are several other places in the NEPN classification system where policies pertaining to safety may be filed, as indicated by the cross references above.
Adopted by SC: 10/11/2018