Safety Policies and Procedures in Schools

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Introduction Violence in schools has become a growing epidemic. Hearing of a school shooting where students are gunned down for no apparent reason is a reminder of the seemly increasing national problem of school violence. Dewey Cornell (2010) a clinical psychologist and education professor at the University of Virginia suggest that school shooting in “Columbine High School in Colorado and Virginia Tech has reinforced a perception that schools can be dangerous places” (p.1). Yet, there has been a downward trend in school violence over the past several years. According to the CDC (2010) violent deaths at school among students has “accounted for less than 1% of the homicides and suicides among children ages 5-18” (p.2). Many factors…show more content…
The common thread in each environment is safety. In the physical aspect students must feel safe and comfortable everywhere on school property. Social environment; staff members are open to students’ suggestions, and students participate in decision-making. Staff and students are trained to prevent and resolve conflicts. In the affective environment teachers and staff are caring supportive and respectful. Teachers and staff feel they are contributing to the schools success, and there is an attitude of ownership. The four environments are interrelated and do not operate independently of one another. They are dependent upon one another and together will produce a positive school climate. For example, the physical contribute to, and are impacted by, the academic environment can encourage or discourage social environment. Similarly, social interaction facilitates a warm, affective environment. Collectively, the physical, social and affective environments contribute to, and are impacted by, the academic environment. Research suggests students in schools with better climate have higher achievement and better socio emotional health (Muller & Wilkinson, 2007). To maintain a positive climate most school have adapted a zero tolerance policy. Zero- tolerance policy is a method used, and enforced by many school districts to
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