Back to School with MACA!

Fall 2022 Newsletter

Happy first week back to school to all our Massachusetts friends and families!

The start of a new school year brings with it much excitement, however we know the transition can be difficult, particularly during the unsure and changing times of the pandemic. This year MACA wanted to highlight the important role of school professionals in recognizing and preventing child maltreatment and share some helpful resources for our teachers, parents, and child-serving professionals preparing for the return to school this fall!

Importance of Educators Recognizing Child Maltreatment 

Beyond Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic:

The Role of Teachers and Schools in Reporting Child Maltreatment

Author Maria Fitzpatrick, professor and researcher from the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University, released findings earlier this summer regarding the importance of teachers and schools in recognizing and reporting child maltreatment. The study analyzed over 14 yrs of administrative data across the U.S. and showed that educators consistently report cases that would otherwise go unreported. The researchers pose these findings as a first step in understanding the consequences of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for improving identification and reporting.

Identifying Signs of Child Abuse
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Resources for Educators and Child-Serving Professionals 

Local and state wide resources for reporting and preventing child maltreatment 

Massachusetts Local Resources 

How to Report Child Maltreatment 

Elements of Prevention 

Build a Prevention Tool Kit

Upcoming Safe Kids Thrive Trainings

Psychological and Behavioral

Impact of Trauma on Students Fact Sheets by Age Group



Middle School 

High School 

Spanish Translations Available on The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Website 

Traducción literal en el sitio oficial de La Red Nacional para el Estrés Traumático Infantil.

Sesame Street in Communities 

Sesame Street Traumatic Experiences Video for Children

Helping Children after Traumatic Experiences 

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. However, adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Feeling seen and heard, learning coping strategies, and being with adults who know about the effects of these experiences can help children process traumatic events. Sesame Street in Communities has resources for parents and professionals to help talk to the children in their lives who many have been impacted. This video and more can be found on the Sesame Street in Communities Website.

Pandemic Updates 

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Newest Guidelines from the Commissioner regarding state-wide elementary and secondary school

guidelines for Fall 2022

Massachusetts DOE Covid-19 Guidelines

Commonwealth of Massachusetts School Health Resources

The Department of Public Health and School Health Services released a list of helpful tips to ensure that children's health needs are met at a school this year

Preparing for Return to School Tips

Updated Isolation and Exposure Guidance

for Children and Staff in Child Care,

K-12, Out-of-School Time (OST) and

Recreational Camp/Program Settings

Isolation and Exposure Guidance Fall 2022
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