Office of Safety and Youth Development: School Culture and Climate

Effective schools provide a safe, orderly, and supportive school environment with a focus on students’ whole development, which includes their cognitive and social-emotional needs. School safety, climate and culture, and youth development practices can have a profound impact on students’ academic achievement and social-emotional growth.

By developing and implementing a comprehensive youth development practice model, schools create opportunities to identify and cultivate students’ interests, talents, and abilities. Youth development programs include student support services, social-emotional learning initiatives, crisis intervention supports, student leadership, anti-bullying efforts, progressive discipline, and restorative approaches.

Please review the annual opening day packet which addresses School Climate and Culture; De-Escalation/Crisis Intervention; Youth Development supports; Safety and Emergency Readiness procedures; Attendance Policy as well as provides guidance from the Office of Counseling Support Programs.

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