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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.

Guidance
School Climate
School Climate Improvement Action Guides

Department of Education, 2017

This set of guidances provides action steps for district leaders, school leaders, instructional staff, noninstructional staff, families, students, and community partners on how to support school climate improvements, tips on what it looks like when it is being done well and what pitfalls to avoid, and questions to ask to engage in the school climate improvement efforts.

Guidance
School Climate
Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements

Department of Education, 2017

This guidance provides the basics for schools and school districts on what is involved in improving school climate, including descriptions of what it looks like when it is being done well, as well as pitfalls to avoid.

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