What are all the things that make a school safe and the people inside it feel connected with each other and the surrounding community? Most say a school is safe if it is a secure facility in good physical condition. Students, teachers and parents feel connected if class sizes are reasonable and it has a full menu of extra-curricular activities.
However, a growing body of research is demonstrating that such answers only scratch the surface — and the health and welfare of our children depends on schools and communities digging much deeper into the question. A $5-million study promises to be a groundbreaking examination of school safety in CA schools.