A safe school environment includes the physical and aesthetic surroundings of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting.
All of Kentucky schools will enjoy a safe physical climate of the school. Schools are designed to provide a safe physical plant.
Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
defines physical environment in relation to schools and explains the correlation
to student achievement and student behavior, as well as teacher’s levels of
absenteeism, effort, effectiveness in the classroom, morale and job
satisfaction. Features resources and upcoming events.
Physical School Environment: An Essential Component of a Health-Promoting
This document from the World Health Organization shares the
importance of physical school environments, how it will protect health and provides
planning interventions for health protection in school environments.
Center for School Safety
Through its partner agencies, the Kentucky Center for School
Safety (KCSS) will provide training in best and promising practices with regard
to supporting students, teachers, and other school and community providers. KCSS
provides grant information, several resources relating to safety within the
school and data reports.
KDE Safe Schools
This website provides details about the Safe Schools team at
the Kentucky Department of Education and school safety training registration
links along with newsletters and related websites. Lists regulations and
statutes on school safety and other school safety resources.
100% Tobacco Free Schools
This website contains resources and success stories on
tobacco free schools efforts in Kentucky.
Tobacco Free Schools Toolkit
Administrators, educators, school health services
professionals, and other staff can use this guide to educate students about the
dangers of using tobacco products, maintain a healthy school environment, and
implement evidence-based programs to reduce tobacco use among youth.
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