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The Sandy Hook Promise

Through the U.S. DOJ’s STOP School Violence grant, the Office of the Attorney General is providing the Everett Public Schools three of Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs to middle and high schools in participating districts at no cost to the district:

  1. Start With Hello: trains and empowers students on how to recognize social isolation within their community and how to reach out and help;
  2. Say Something: trains and empowers students on how to look for and recognize threats – especially on social media – and inform a trusted adult; and,
  3. Signs of Suicide: teaches students to recognize the symptoms of depression and suicide and to tell a trusted adult if they observe signs or symptoms in a peer or in themselves.

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and Everett Public Schools District

 

This Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU” or “Agreement”) is entered into by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (“AGO”), located at 1 Ashburton Place, 20th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 and the Everett Public School District, ("District"), with a primary business address at 12 Vine Street, Everett MA 02149. AGO and District may also each be referred to herein individually as a “Party” or collectively as the “Parties.”

 

1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this MOU is to describe the Parties’ relationship in carrying out a school violence and suicide prevention education initiative (the “Initiative”) for middle and high school students, in partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation (“SHP”). The Parties and SHP will partner to implement and sustain SHP’s no-cost Start With Hello, Say Something, and Signs of Suicide training programs (collectively the “Training Programs”) for all District students in grades 6-12 before June of 2021. District will also work with AGO and SHP to create and sustain Students Against Violence Everywhere (“SAVE”) Promise Clubs at District schools.

A. Start with Hello is an evidence-based prevention program that trains and empowers middle and high school students on how to recognize social isolation within their classroom and school, reach out, and help. A SHP trainer will deliver the 45-minute in-person assembly training to students at District schools. For each school, SHP will deliver 1-3 training sessions. Each training will accommodate up to 500 students. School staff are required to attend the trainings.

 

B. Say Something is an evidence-based prevention program that trains and empowers middle and high school students on how to look for and recognize warning signs and threats – especially on social media-- and on what to do when such warning signs/threats are identified. A SHP trainer will deliver the 45-minute in-person assembly training to students at District schools. For each school, SHP will deliver 1-3 training sessions. Each training will accommodate up to 500 students. School staff are required to attend the trainings.

 

 C.  Signs of Suicide™ is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program that teaches middle and high school students to recognize the symptoms of depression and suicide and to tell a trusted adult if they observe signs/symptoms in a peer or themselves. Signs of Suicide is delivered in two steps using a train-the-trainer format. First, a SHP trainer will deliver the 4-hour training to identified school staff. Second, trained school staff will deliver the student trainings to all grades 6-12 students during 50-minute periods. For each school, SHP will deliver one or two 4-hour implementer training(s). Materials for the student training, including the mental health self-assessment that screens every student for depression and suicide, will be provided via the Signs of Suicide Portal each school will receive access to. The program also includes educational materials for staff and parents.

 

D. SAVE Promise Clubs are student leadership clubs which lead school-based activities and sustain anti-violence programming after the Training Presentations have taken place. Schools are required to start a SAVE Promise Club by forming a new student club or adding SAVE Promise to an existing club.

 

2. DUTIES

The Parties shall perform the duties described generally below.

A. AGO will perform the following duties:
 i. AGO will provide funding to SHP (in an amount agreed upon between AGO and SHP) to secure certified trainers, deliver the Training Programs, supply supporting resources needed for the Training Programs, and provide other support to District.
 
ii. AGO and SHP will work directly with District to manage all Training Program logistics, including the dates and times for the presentations.
 
iii. AGO will create a resource guide for schools and parents on the warning signs and available services for Massachusetts youth for depression, suicide prevention, and mental health.
 
B. District will perform the following duties:
i. District will identify District-level staff to be the main point[s] of contact for AGO and SHP.
 
ii. District will identify teacher[s] or staff member[s] at each school to serve as Adult Champion[s]. Adult Champion[s] will coordinate and be points of contact[s] within each school with AGO and SHP and will register and lead the SAVE Promise Club[s].
 
iii. District will identify staff to attend four-hour training for Signs of Suicide and to teach follow-up 50-minute classes to all District students in grades 6-12.
 
iv. District will coordinate with AGO and SHP to manage all Training Program logistics, including the dates and times of the presentations, ensuring assembly hall space, and providing any visitor passes necessary to AGO and SHP staff or contractors.
 
v. In coordination with AGO and SHP, District will ensure that Training Programs occur based on the following specifications:
a. The 45-minute Start With Hello assembl[ies] are delivered to all District students in grades 6-12 first.
b. The 45-minute Say Something assembl[ies] are delivered to all District students in grades 6-12 before June 2021.
c. The 4-hour train-the-trainer program and follow-up 50-minute student trainings for Signs of Suicide are delivered to all District Students in grades 6-12 before June 2021.
 
vi. District will work with AGO and SHP staff to collect training data, including number of staff and number of students trained in each session.
 
vii. District point[s] of contact and Adult Champions will participate in agreed upon communication calls and/or meetings with SHP and AGO for updates.

 

3. MISCELLANEOUS

A. This MOU shall be valid upon signature by the Parties and shall remain valid until September 30, 2021 unless otherwise agreed.

 

B. Each Party represents that it has the full right, power, and authority to sign this MOU and to take all required action necessary to execute its provisions.

 

C. The Parties agree any provision of this MOU may be amended, modified, or deleted by written addenda signed by all the Parties' representatives at any time up to 60 days before the expiry date.

 

D. Neither the AGO nor SHP will cover costs that may be incurred by District in performing its duties, as enumerated by this MOU.

 

E. In no event will either Party be obligated to take any action or omit to take any action that it believes, in good faith, would cause it to be in violation of any U.S. federal, state, or local rules, regulations, or laws.

 

F. Should any problem or conflict arise in the course of this MOU, it is understood that Parties will work with each other to accomplish an effective resolution through discussion.

 

G. The validity, interpretation, and performance of this agreement shall be determined according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

H. This MOU supersedes all other agreements or understandings, both oral and written, between the Parties relating to the Initiative.

 

I. No Party may assign its rights or obligations under this MOU.

 

J. Each provision of this MOU shall be separately enforceable, and the invalidity of one provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.

 

K. The Parties agree to abide by AGO legal requirements and policies with respect to any disclosure of information, communications strategy, or publicity.

 

4. NOTICES

All notices to be given, or documents to be delivered by either Party to another pursuant to this Agreement will be sent by prepaid first-class mail, electronic mail, telephone facsimile, or hand-delivered, to the addresses set forth below. Any such notices, documents, samples, or other materials will be deemed to have been given or delivered forty-eight (48) hours after posting, if sent by first class mail; when received, if sent by electronic mail or telephone facsimile; or when delivered, if delivered by hand.

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