Community, Awareness, Response and Support (CARES)

St. Paul’s School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which students, faculty, and staff can live and work together in a community free of harassment, discrimination, bullying, and other conduct antithetical to our standards and values.

We recognize that these serious offenses, when they occur, often have a profound impact on individuals and the greater SPS community. Such conduct interferes with the core mission of St. Paul’s School by harming individuals and community, diminishing access to education, and impeding relationships among students, faculty, and staff. As outlined in the student, faculty, and staff handbooks, the School will not tolerate such misconduct.

However, no community is immune to unhealthy, unkind, and dishonorable behaviors. It is essential that we recognize their presence and work to eliminate and prevent them. We live with one another to learn from each other, even when the conversations are difficult and the learning is challenging. The School recognizes that community members are accountable for actions that do not meet the highest standards of care for one another. Accountability facilitates individual growth, maintains standards of conduct, and strengthens community values. Cultivating a healthy school culture requires diligence and a continuing commitment to improvement.

The School recognizes that sharing a harmful experience can be traumatic and has identified a myriad of community resources to prioritize your safety and well-being. For the safety of the student and community, any disclosure received or offered here will be evaluated to determine if it is reportable under New Hampshire statutes or through other memorandum or agreement. Any communications will be handled in a private manner and consistent with the obligations of all New Hampshire residents to report abuse or neglect. Individuals with additional questions are encouraged to contact Dr. Theresa Ferns at 603-229-4815 or

Available Resources

  • Vice Rector for School Life
  • Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
  • SPS Health Center & Counseling Services
  • Dean on Duty
  • School Safety
  • Emergency Services
  • Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire (CCCNH)
  • Concord Police
  • Any adult you trust on campus

*Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


The Decision Tree is a confidential, informational tool designed to assist individuals in accessing available resources and support.

Decision Tree