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A positive school climate can prevent violence.

The circumstances that lead to violence are complex and far ranging, often the culmination of months and years of individual experiences. School climate refers to the quality of school life. Developing students with strong character who are connected to their peers, educators, and communities in meaningful ways can improve school climate and prevent violence from occurring. Research suggests that a positive school climate can lead to a significant decrease in the likelihood of crime, aggression, and violent behavior.

Schools and districts should implement social, emotional, and behavioral support systems to create a climate that supports and responds to student behavior. School leaders can make character development a priority by supporting practices in the classroom and school, as well as collaborating with families and community organizations.

Strategies to Consider

  1. Conduct a school climate survey and collect data. Analyze the data in order to identify the most appropriate measures and programs.
  2. Identify measures and programs that are best suited for your school and implement them.
  3. Consider expanding beyond school climate to incorporate social and emotional learning and provide students access to treatment programs or professionals.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about school climate.

Mental Health
Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth: Resource Guide for Professionals, Families, and Communities

Third Party, 2023

The guide provides detailed and actionable recommendations for families, communities, technical assistance providers, and professionals who work with and support LGBTQIA2S+ youth. It considers current events and legislation that impact these youth, the long-standing and current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other realities that these youth face daily.
Fact Sheet
School Climate
Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Academic Well-Being and Success: Strategies for Educators and School-Based Staff

Department of Education, 2023

This fact sheet discusses actions educators and school-based staff can take to support and respond to students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs in classrooms or other instructional settings. It highlights several key evidence-based practices staff can implement to make immediate, impactful changes and provides supporting tools and resources.
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