Smart Source 2015-16 Executive Summary - Page 16

Healthy and Safe School Environment To create a healthy and safe school environment, schools should address the safety and accessibility of the physical environment, how the school climate and culture impacts students and staff, and what policies and practices are in place to address issues such as bullying, and crisis response. Additionally, ensuring a healthy and safe school environment requires ongoing and targeted training of teachers and other staff to ensure students are safe. As Figure 8.1 shows, approximately three-quarters of all schools train most, if not all, of their staff on implementing the crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plan. In an effort to promote positive school climate, the majority of all schools incorporate materials and activities that reflect the diversity of the student body, provide anonymous methods for students to report harassment and bullying, and hold school-wide opportunities for students to share in diverse cultures and experiences (Figure 8.2). However, fewer than half of elementary and combined schools, and two-thirds of secondary schools have student-led clubs that include gender and sexually diverse students and staff. FIGURE 8.1 Staff trained in implementing the crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plan Ensuring a healthy and safe school environment requires ongoing and targeted training of teachers and other staff to ensure students are safe. FIGURE 8.2 Percentage of schools with practices to promote positive school climate • 14 •