Message from the Superintendent of Schools
The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough appreciate the importance of providing a safe, supportive school climate for all students. All of our schools have programs and activities that support individual growth and academic achievement in a positive learning environment. A critical aspect of school safety is preparedness. Our District continues to partner with our safety officials in Northborough and Southborough and participates in emergency management training and workshops offered at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Federal, State, and local levels. Our protocols and practices continue to reflect current, best practices, which are based on research and recommendations from safety officials at multi-levels. The sensitivity of safety and security measures dictates the extent to which we can share information. The District offers safety readiness forums, collaborates with parents and community members in discussions, programs, and the review of our practices and policies.
Please remember that if you are visiting our schools, you must identify yourself whenever you are requesting access to our school facilities. All visitors are required to sign-in at the office immediately upon entering the building. All staff members and unescorted visitors and guests are required to wear identification badges whenever they are traveling about the campuses.
Since September 23, 2013, our District has embraced A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) as a means of maximizing school safety readiness protocols. More information about our safety process review, A.L.I.C.E., and other resources are available on our website. Members of our Safety Readiness Team are formal “Train the Trainers” and all students and staff participate in multiple drills to ensure that everyone is familiar with the A.L.I.C.E. options. Mandatory training for all staff and students, which includes fire and safety, are conducted on a yearly basis. We appreciate the partnership we enjoy with all safety officials, specifically our Police and Fire departments in Northborough and Southborough. Our on-going effective planning and collaboration on safety and multi-hazard issues support our focus on providing a safe and supportive school culture.
Our District fully implements both the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check on employees as required by the DESE and also the legislative mandate that all school employees be fingerprinted as a condition of their employment. The CORI system is an intrastate monitoring system while the fingerprint-based check is a national, interstate Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database verification. More information regarding both background checks is available on our District website. Creating a safe school environment is also about creating an environment free from any form of harassment or bullying. Our Anti-Bullying Plan and a form for anonymous reporting of concerns are available at the School Safety Readiness link from the District's homepage. It is also accessible from the Families tab located on the District and school web pages.