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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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Access additional resources below to learn more about school climate and related best practices. Use the filters to sort resources based on preparedness action.

Fact Sheet
School Climate
Social Emotional Learning at a Glance

Department of Justice, 2023

This resource provides an overview of social emotional learning and outlines facts, common misunderstandings, and benefits of the approach.

Mental Health
What Works In Schools

Department of Health and Human Services

This program helps promote adolescent health and wellbeing. It supports the implementation of quality health education, increases connections to needed health services, and improves the safety and supportiveness of school environments for middle and high school students.

School Climate
Safe and Supportive Environments

Department of Health and Human Services

This webpage provides an overview on creating safe and supportive school environments and includes information on strengthening school staff capacity, increasing student access to programs and services, and engaging parents and community partners.

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