The Role of School Climate.
A new report argues that educators can improve attendance by first making their schools more welcoming places
to attend (e.g., safe, supportive, inclusive).
Comparison of Student and Staff Perspectives.
An analysis of data from the CalSCHLS student and staff surveys
in Los Angeles County finds that student, staff, and administrative measures of school climate were weakly correlated. Strong associations were found between student outcomes and student reports of engagement and safety, while school staff reports and administrative measures of school climate showed limited associations with student outcomes.
Suspension of Native Americans. Native Americans in California
are more likely to be suspended or expelled at a higher rate than the state average, according to a new study that provides strategies to address the problem.
Suspension Trends in LAUSD.
Read six-year trends
in suspensions and lessons learned since Los Angeles USD implemented its sweeping school discipline reform.
School to Prison Pipeline.
Attending a school with a higher suspension rate
could mean a 15% to 20% higher likelihood of a child being incarcerated as an adult.
Good Behavior Referrals.
At McEachern High School in the Cobb County School District (GA), teachers have the option to change their approach to discipline by writing kids up for positive behaviors.
National Survey Trends. Youth Risk Behavior Survey: 2007–2017
provides the most recent national surveillance data on health behaviors and experiences of high school students.
Health and Education.
The Annual Review of Public Health
examines the latest research on the relationships between health and education systems and their associated outcomes.
Read how some Los Angeles schools are doing to prevent vaping
Resources: CDC Website.
The CDC has launched an updated website dedicated to health promotion
A Healthy Schools Toolkit
from Health Equity Works (Washington University in St Louis) is designed to help school leaders take a systematic approach to supporting the health and well-being of students, staff, and families and to implementing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
Field Guidance. Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance From the Field
provides insights to promote positive school climate and safety, students' social-emotional learning, and mental health and general well-being.
Read the winning essays from NIH’s high school mental health essay contest
for 2019 and learn what students have to say about stigma and social barriers in seeking mental health treatment.
Supporting LGBTQ Students.
The "Model School Policy
" provides resources for schools to reduce suicide attempts and deaths for high-risk LGBTQ students.
State Screening Requirement.
A North Carolina law now requires all public students to undergo mental health screening
, and districts to create a crisis response plan, and provides resource funding.
The NCES report on Student Victimization in U.S. Schools
for 2016-17 is now available. About 2.2% of students ages 12-18 reported being victims of crime at school (past six months); they also had higher rates of being bullied than nonvictimized.
Perceptions of School and Community Police. California Healthy Kids Survey
data from a large sample of high school students in eight diverse, low‐income communities, indicates that, overall, students of color, especially Black students, had less positive perceptions of police in their community and, to a lesser extent, their school.
Female Victimization. At-risk girls
in Florida face growing rates of victimization. Girls of color, from rural areas, and who identify as gay or bisexual have a higher chance of being bullied, getting poor grades in school, and facing risks of being sexually assaulted.
District Safety Guide.
The U.S. Department of Education has a new planning guide
to help schools develop and maintain customized emergency operation plans, implementing the recommendations of the Federal Commission on School Safety.
Prevention At Sports and Afterschool Events. Education Week
discusses safety measures to protect students and the public at sports events and other after school activities.
A Colorado audit
finds no coordination among a dozen different school safety programs, with no checking into whether the programs were making students safer.
Staffing Needs in Arizona.
Requests for school counselors and social workers
made up nearly 75% of asks by schools seeking state funding through Arizona's school safety grant program.