Release date: 9-26-2013
Healthy schools and educational environments are essential for healthy child and adolescent development. A positive school climate is one that “includes norms, values and expectations that support people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe.” A positive school climate is associated with academic achievement, school success, effective violence prevention, healthy student development and teacher retention. Evidenced-based behavior interventions and disciplinary practices contribute to a positive school climate. Conversely, research has found that schools with harsh disciplinary practices typically have lower achievement scores and other poor outcomes. Providing students with a safe school environment is a key component of fostering a positive school climate. This brief highlights current research on bullying and student safety as well as Ohio school safety and climate policies.