License Information

If you are applying for Massachusetts licensure for the first time or you are renewing your license, please visit the MA DOE ELAR website to begin the process.

It is recommended that all prospective candidates apply for Massachusetts licensure and/or register for MTEL's before submitting an application online. Follow the DESE licensure guidelines before applying for a position to avoid applying for positions outside of your licensure. Confirm you are holding an active, valid license before applying. Be prepared to provide proof of licensure and/or proof of application for licensure and confirmation of MTEL registration.

Effective June 2012, new regulations which include a requirement that all incumbent core academic teachers of ELL students earn a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement by 7/1/16. Fall River Public Schools has been designated as a Cohort 1 district under the Department's Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL).

Please remember that your Individual Professional Development Plan does require a final endorsement from your supervisor. For most K-8 teachers, the endorsement will be done by the Principal. For high school teachers, the endorsement will be done by the Department Heads.

If you will be engaging in an Administrative Apprenticeship/Internship you must follow the Guidelines for Administrator Routes to Initial License 603 CMR 7.00, the Verification/Endorsement Form for Administrator Licensure (Appendix B, pages 17-19) must be used for verification.

For new or additional licenses, please be sure to send transcripts and program information for credential review by MA DESE.

Once your new license has been issued to you, please forward a copy to the Human Resources office.

Be sure to keep your licensure current and renew it before the expiration date. It is your responsibility to track your license's expiration date.

Frequently used forms: Verification of School Based Employment/Induction Mentoring

News and Notices


Click backpack to view community announcements

Please note, community-based flyers must first be approved by the Superintendent of Schools.  In an effort to reduce paper and other resources, flyers are no longer sent home in backpacks but are e-mailed home to families and placed into our online backpacks which can be accessed at anytime. If your organization wishes to have their flyer added to our digital backpack, please e-mail a copy to rcaron@fallriverschools.orgfor Superintendent's approval. 


School Opening Info.
Start/End Times


Closing Day(s) of School

The last day of school for students is Monday, June 26 with the last two days - Friday, June 23 and Monday, June 26 - being half days of school.  

Exception: The Henry Lord Community School had an extra day to makeup due to the failure of a heating unit on December 12.  Therefore, the last day for HLCS students will be Tuesday, June 27Friday, June 23 will be a full day for HLCS students only with Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 being the school's two half days.


Public Records Requests

Please submit all requests to
Tonya Casey, Admin. Assistant
417 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720
tcasey@fallriverschools.org
508-675-8420, ext. 53701


Parent/Student Portal Info


Intent To Submit Application For Funding


Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

MA DESE - PARCC


Massachusetts required Fingerprinting


Multilingual Literacy Resources for Parents


Special Education Parent Advisory Council  &  Fall River Autism Community Group


Durfee Athletics Store


School Committee Survey


FRPS Home School Application


Fonseca Turnaround Plan


Greater Fall River Resource Guide


Superintendent's Proposed FY2018 Budget


NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDING