The Office of the Northwestern District Attorney's Safe and Healthy School Summit

Rights and Responsibilities in Schools

Offered by: 
Healthy Families and Communities
Professional Development
Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth

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This event is presented by the Office of the Northwestern District Attorney, David E. Sullivan. 

This half-day conference will explore a variety of thorny issues facing public schools and the legal obligations they must meet to ensure safe and healthy schools for all students. Among the topics to be addressed: information sharing in light of FERPA, the role of school resource officers, responsibilities around civil rights investigations, expulsion and disciplinary hearings, how to handle bullying incidents, harassment complaints, and a school's options when disruptive behavior interferes with learning.

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Building Principals, Pupil Services Directors, and School Resource Officers; Grades K - 12

Date and Location

April 11, 2019, 8:00am - 12:00pm at the Garden House at Look Park, 300 North Main Street in Florence.

Check-in begins at 7:00am.

Registration Deadline: March 28

Cost and Registration

The cost of this event is $25. Registration fee includes a light breakfast.

This conference is presented by the Office of the Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, and co-sponsored by the Collaborative for Educational Services and the SPIFFY and Communities that Care coalitions.


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    Attorney Michael J. Joyce specializes in general education and special education law in public schools. He previously served as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, conducting investigations and trainings around New England on civil rights concerns arising in public schools, including the federal statutes relating to harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, and age. He is a former public school teacher who is now an attorney with Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C. He graduated from Boston College Law School and earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, the Collaborative will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.