Safe Working and Learning Environment

Safe Working and Learning Environment

Protect teachers and students by addressing and preventing violent classroom behavior; address issues of mold, extreme temperatures, lead, water quality, and other school building conditions unconducive to teaching and learning; and require school districts to adopt the National School Climate Standards.

Goal: Advocate for classroom safety laws that address student violence and aggressive behavior in the classroom and provide services and supports to help troubled students who lash out in school; adopt laws that address health and safety risks in public school buildings, such as mold and extreme air temperature.

Classroom Safety

  • Protect teachers and students from dangerous situations and provide supports to help ensure safe classroom settings
  • Provide mandatory services for aggressive students, particularly those whose violent actions indicate the need for additional resources
  • Require teacher input in district plans and responses to address violent students' actions and to determine appropriate services and supports to help students
  • Direct additional resources such as social workers and other specialists to children whose behavior is or could become, dangerous to themselves, other students, or staff.

School Building Conditions and Environmental Quality

  • Pass legislation that addresses the issue of school building health and safety conditions, air quality, and extreme temperatures for all public schools to be compliant with new national air quality standards issued in 2016
  • Require school districts to adopt the National School Climate Standards by using free online Ed School Climate Surveys provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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