Student Services

Departments

Special Education & Services 

Within the realm of Special Education, student receive academic and therapeutic interventions at all levels from preschool through completion of secondary education or until transition to adult services. 

Civil Rights

Families in Transition (McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) 

The ABRSD provides outreach and wraparound services and supports for students who are homeless. For more information, please click here.

Bullying Prevention & Intervention
The AB District recognizes 
that safe school 
environments are necessary
for students to learn and 
achieve high academic 
standards. Read the 
following information regarding bullying.

District Bullying Prevention &Intervention PolicyDistrict Bullying Prevention & Intervention Plan
Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts Bullying Law
Guidance for Students With DisabilitiesReporting Incidents

Medical Emergency 
Response Plan

In the spring of 2012, the 
Legislature passed and 
Governor Patrick signed into 
law, An Act Relative to 
Medical Emergency Response 
Plans for Schools, Chapter 77 
of the Acts of 2012 (Medical 
Emergency Law). The full text 
of the law is in Appendix 3. 
The Act amended 
Massachusetts General Laws 
Chapter 69 by adding Section 
8A.

Under the law, every school
committee must ensure 
that every school under its
jurisdiction has a written 
Medical Emergency 
Response Plan. The purpose
of the Medical Emergency 
Response Plan is to reduce
the incidence of life-
threatening emergencies, 
and to promote efficient 
response to such 
emergencies. Read the AB 
District 

Medical Emergency Response
Plan
Additional information,
including questions and suggestions, can be 
addressed by contacting MERP@doe.mass.edu

Massachusetts Legislature Website

Medical Emergency Response Plan

Department of Education Coordinated Program 
Review Report

Each State Department of Education is mandated by 
the federal government to 
review school districts' implementation of state and federal laws in certain areas. A 
summary report has been 
prepared that highlights the findings. 

2017 ABRSD Final CPR Report 

DESE CPR Reports

Family Resources

William James Interface Referral Services

In collaboration with the PTSO, Town of Acton, Teenage Anxiety and Depression (TADS), AB United Way, and Danny’s Place Youth Services, we are pleased to offer a referral service for parents, students, educators, and our community. 

The William James Interface Referral Services (WJIRS) is an initiative of the William James College’s Richard and Joan Freedman Center. The service makes available a wide range of valuable resources related to mental health and wellness for the benefit of the general public
– children, adults and families – as well as educators and mental health professionals. 

In addition to maintaining an extensive, frequently updated website of available resources, WJIRS provides a free, confidential mental health and wellness help line Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM, at 
888-244-6843 x1411. 
This is a free, confidential 

referral service for the Acton/Boxborough communities.
Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers that meet the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.  Each referral is provided with
follow-up assistance. 

Mailing Address: 
William James Interface Referral
Service (WJIRS) 
One Wells Avenue 
Newton, MA 02459 

Website: https://interface.williamjames.edu

Interface Helpline: 
617-332-3666 x1411 or 888-244-6843x12411

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Begun in 1997, Emerson Hospital is now partnering with ten local school districts to develop and implement the Youth Risk Behavior Survey as a means of improving the health status of young people in our community. Emerson has carried out a comprehensive community health needs assessment, developed partnerships with different groups to address public health issues and leveraged other resources. Having successfully implemented nine surveys of over 10,000 students, this coordinated initiative continues Emerson’s objectives of supporting health education programming in local districts, as well as positive and responsive programs in the community.

2016 ABRSD YRBS Results (including appendices)

2018 YRBS FAQ Document

Massachusetts YRBS FAQ Document

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