Enhanced School Safety and Security Program

School safety and security is a top priority for all of us in the Archdiocese of Boston. We know that one of the primary reasons families send their children to our schools is because of their stellar record of academic excellence, Catholic faith formation, and safety and security.

The Catholic Schools Office, the Office of Risk Management and the Office of General Counsel are committed to helping our schools continue to provide safe and secure learning environments. It is for this reason that we introduced an Enhanced Safety and Security Program for Catholic school educators.

The program has three primary components:

1. Comprehensive and informative seminars to provide information on the types of aggression, including bullying

2. Tools and techniques for the early identification of potentially aggressive situations and high-risk students

3. A planning and response template that can be tailored by each school for their specific needs and circumstances

We offered three Enhanced Safety and Security seminars in 2010, followed by workshops and teacher training programs. Below are presentations and resources from the seminar and training sessions.


Videos of presentations the Enhanced School Safety Presentation (Don Schmidt) and the Anti-Bullying Policy Presentation (Fran O'Connor) can be viewed by going to the following link:

Video of Presentations

Following are PDFs of presentations from the Enhanced School Safety & Security Seminars:

Anti-Bullying Policy Presentation - General Counsel

Planning and Response Guide

For a copy of Don Schmidt's Enhanced Safety and Security Program Planning and Response Guide, please contact Doreen Rearden via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Talking with Children About Violence

Below are links to articles about how to speak to children about violence.



RCAB Bullying Prevention Policy

In accordance with Massachusetts legislation (M.G.L. c.71 § 370), the Office of General Counsel issued an archdiocesan-wide Bullying Prevention Policy in 2010. Please download the policy here:

RCAB Bullying Prevention Policy 2010