Environment

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A school environment is broadly characterized by its facilities, classrooms, school-based health supports, and disciplinary policies and practices.  It sets the stage for the external factors that affect students.

A positive school environment is defined as a school having appropriate facilities, well-managed classrooms, available school-based health supports, and a clear, fair disciplinary policy. There are many hallmarks of the academic, disciplinary, and physical environments of schools with a positive climate.

 

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Desk chairs

Presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-schools partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses.

Healthy foods

Provides in-depth knowledge to help adolescents develop healthy behaviors and reinforce healthy habits. Additionally, provides recommendations for how adults can help teens learn to make healthy food choices.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Promotes healthy teen relationships including prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. Also, encourages ideas and experiences young teens need in order to have healthy relationships and prevent negative relationship behaviors early in life.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Examines the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. Additionally, focuses on providing technical assistance to support schools in understanding how Section 504, Title II, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) informs the development and implementation of policies governing the use of restraint and seclusion.

U.S. Department of Education

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