Mental & Behavioral Health

School Attendance Summit: Returning to School

September 28, 2021 | 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

Registration is closed

Registration: 8:15 - 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am - 2:30 pm

Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Lexington

MPY sponsors a School Attendance Summit every Fall to discuss issues relating to chronic absenteeism and tardiness, along with the mental health issues that impact student school attendance. After more than 18 months of disrupted schooling, this summit is more important and relevant today. Topics will include, but not limited to, the issues and challenges that school staff face as schools reopen fully live and confront learning loss and gaps in social emotional development.

This conference features a mental health expert, a school superintendent and representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families. Covid-19 has exacerbated the equity gap and addressing school attendance is more important than ever.

Sen. Cynthia Friedman, 4th Middlesex District
Stephen K. Zrike Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Salem, Massachusetts
Edward Bouquillon, Ed.D., Superintendent, Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School
Lisa Harney, M.Ed., Education Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Leah M. Kelly, Psy.D., Executive Director, Adolescent Consultation Services, Inc., Middlesex County Juvenile Court Clinic
Thomas Malone, Esq., Metro Regional Counsel, MA Department of Children & Family Services, Northern Regional Office
Michael Moriarty, Board Member, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Link to YouTube Video here

A Focus on Reducing the Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Students and Families Slides here

Attendance: Present and Engaged for Success Slides here

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email

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