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ERIC Number: ED478531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How To Establish and Maintain Safe, Orderly, and Caring Schools.
McDaniel, Joanne
This paper describes strategies for establishing and maintaining safe schools. A "safe school" is one with physical features, layout, and policies that are designed to minimize the disruptions and intrusions that interfere with the school's mission. Above all, safe schools enjoy a climate that is free of fear. To establish safety, orderliness, and caring, school officials must take several steps. First, they should form a committee that consists of stakeholders from all perspectives, a move that will enhance understanding and agreement about what needs to be done. The committee should then set in motion the process of needs assessment with reference to current levels of safety, orderliness, and caring. Attention should focus on the school's physical features, layout, policies, and procedures that are in place to handle daily activities, as well as problems that may arise. A school's climate is often assessed in terms of students', teachers', school staffs', and parents' perception of how safe the school is. Do students, for example, feel safe? One way to assess school safety is to consider the three "Ps" of safe schools: place, people, and purpose. Paying special attention to each of these components can help a school establish and maintain safety, orderliness, and caring. (RJM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Raleigh.