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Lynn educators and staff to undergo safe and inclusive schools training

LYNN — Faculty and staff of Lynn Public Schools will be trained on Tuesday to support students affected by increased immigration enforcement actions.

This training, part of their professional development, was conceived of and advocated for by educators and parents, and is intended to help prepare school personnel to respond to the fears held by many Lynn students and parents.

“As teachers, our first concern is for the social (and) emotional well being of our students. This training will allow our teachers and staff to better support our students from varied backgrounds,” said Sheila O’Neil, president of the Lynn Teachers Union.

The annual training is required by the Safe and Inclusive Schools resolution, a measure brought by members of the North Shore Labor Council’s Women’s Committee and passed by the Lynn School Committee in spring 2017.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center’s report, “Excellence for All,” identifies professional development for all staff on how to effectively support English language learners (ELL) as the most important strategy to improve the success of ELL students.

“As I see it, the professional development on November 6 reflects our core. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are well-equipped to ensure safety, first and foremost, and meet the individual needs of each and every student,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler said. “In addition to reviewing procedure, this session seeks to increase cultural proficiency and deepen understanding of the experience of many of our students.”

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