Physical Environment

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Physical environment refers to the level of upkeep, ambient noise, lighting, indoor air quality and/or thermal comfort of the school’s physical building and its location within the community.

The physical environment of the school speaks to the contribution that safe, clean, and comfortable surroundings make to a positive school climate in which students can learn.

 

Featured Resources

Cover page of the Mitigating Hazards in School Facilities resource

Guides school facilities staff and administration through the process of assessing the safety and security of school buildings (and surroundings), creating a hazard mitigation plan, and then implementing that plan. This tool also contains links to additional information about safe school facilities.

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Provides on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Includes the following: About Schools, Health Buildings, Air and Water Quality, Managing Chemicals, Guidance and Tools, Transportation, and Featured Publications.

Features information, resources, and research related to student health to assist with the successful implementation of programs and efforts that address the physical and mental health of all students and promote healthy school environments. The website includes a variety of information and direct links, including federal grant program announcements, learning opportunities, evidence-based practices, capacity building strategies, training webinars, and research related to student health and healthy school environments.

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The contents of the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Web site were assembled under contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Contract Number  91990021A0020.

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