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Healthy School Environment

The Healthy School Environment component relates to the quality of the physical and aesthetic surroundings; the psychosocial climate, safety, and culture of the school; the school safety and emergency plans; and the periodic review and testing of the factors and conditions that influence the environment.

Factors and conditions that influence the quality of the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it; transportation services; any biological or chemical agents inside and outside the school facilities that are detrimental to health; and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, lighting, air quality and potential health and safety hazards.

The quality of the psychological environment includes the physical, emotional and social conditions that affect the safety and well being of students and staff. Qualified staff such as facilities and transportation supervisors, principals, school and community counselors, social workers, psychologists, school health nurses, health educators, and school safety officers assess and plan for these factors and conditions in the school environment.

The Healthy School Environment component relates to the quality of the physical and aesthetic surroundings; the psychosocial climate, safety, and culture of the school; the school safety and emergency plans; and the periodic review and testing of the factors and conditions that influence the environment.

Factors and conditions that influence the quality of the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it; transportation services; any biological or chemical agents inside and outside the school facilities that are detrimental to health; and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, lighting, air quality and potential health and safety hazards.

The quality of the psychological environment includes the physical, emotional and social conditions that affect the safety and well being of students and staff. Qualified staff such as facilities and transportation supervisors, principals, school and community counselors, social workers, psychologists, school health nurses, health educators, and school safety officers assess and plan for these factors and conditions in the school environment.

School Climate refers to aspects of the school environment that make students feel academically challenged, physically and emotionally safe, and valued and connected to their school settings. Positive school climate depends on the contributions of all members of the school community, including students, parents, school staff and school leaders, to create a safe and supportive environment where every child can succeed. School climate involves ensuring:

  • students’ physical, social and emotional safety;
  • promoting social acceptance and opportunities for participation for students and families;
  • creating a teaching and learning environment with high learning expectations and support for learning achievement for all students; and
  • using fair and restorative disciplinary practices that are consistently implemented by all staff for all students. 
 

School climate improvement efforts involve comprehensive change in community norms, personal interactions, and institutional procedures, rather than reliance on any single intervention or dimension of behavior or performance. Research and practice have consistently demonstrated an association between positive school climate and improved student learning, teacher retention and school performance.