Massachusetts: Health Policies

State law requires districts to adopt Internet use policies or to provide instruction on safe Internet use.

State law addresses making PE inclusive, including adapted PE or accommodations when necessary.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law requires districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.

State law prohibits the sale, possession, or use of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or at school-related events.

State law requires districts to operate alternative school programs or to provide educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.

State law encourages districts to use alternatives to out-of-school suspension or expulsion, such as, in-school suspension, behavioral interventions, or restorative practices.

State law requires specific strategies to ensure all students eat breakfast.

State law establishes guidelines for school construction and building maintenance that may address student health and safety.

State law requires districts to adopt comprehensive anti-bullying policies addressing all U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law enumerates protected classes including explicit protections for LGBTQ youth.

State law requires districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and/or to reduce chemical exposure in schools.

State law encourages or requires districts to address truancy or chronic absenteeism through the provision of comprehensive student support services.

State law addresses plans for managing chronic conditions.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

State law requires community member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.

State laws authorizes the community use of school buildings and property for recreation or other purposes.

State law requires nutrition standards for food and beverages sold outside of school meals programs that do not meet Smart Snacks.

State law requires nutrition standards for food and beverages sold outside of school meals programs that do not meet Smart Snacks.

State law requires nutrition standards for food and beverages sold outside of school meals programs that do not meet Smart Snacks.

State law addresses concussions/return to play.

State law prohibits the use of corporal punishment for disciplinary purposes without exception.

State law requires districts to adopt dating violence policies.

State law provides comprehensive assurances of due process for students facing disciplinary action.

State law encourages or requires districts to implement identification and referral processes to link students and families with needed resources.

State law encourages or requires inter-agency coordination as part of both initial plan development and review and update procedures.

State law requires districts to develop school emergency operations plans (EOPs) that include procedures for plan review and update.

State law requires parent and family engagement as a component of English Language Learner (ELL) programs.

State law requires districts to monitor and remediate disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.

State law requires parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.

State law involves parents in responding to truancy or chronic absenteeism using non-punitive or supportive interventions.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law complies with minimum requirements of the federal Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) and adds student supports and protections.

State law addresses certification or degree requirement for food service workers.

State law addresses food service worker training but not required or requires training that does not meet the level of the USDA professional standards.

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