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Characteristics of a Safe School

School SafetySource: Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools, brought to you by the Department of Education.

Research has demonstrated repeatedly that school communities can do a great deal to prevent violence. Effective prevention, intervention, and crisis response strategies operate best in school communities that:

  • Focus on academic achievement.

  • Promote good citizenship and character.

  • Support students in making the transition to adult life and the workplace.

  • Involve families in meaningful ways.

  • Develop links to the community.

  • Emphasize positive relationships among students and staff.

  • Discuss safety issues openly.

  • Help children feel safe expressing their feelings.

  • Offer extended day programs for children.

  • Identify problems and assess progress toward solutions.

  • Treat students with equal respect.

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