A healthy and safe physical school environment promotes learning by ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. The physical school environment encompasses the school building and its contents, the land on which the school is located, and the area surrounding it. A healthy school environment will address a school’s physical condition during normal operation as well as during renovation (e.g., ventilation, moisture, temperature, noise, and natural and artificial lighting), and protect occupants from physical threats (e.g., crime, violence, traffic, and injuries) and biological and chemical agents in the air, water, or soil as well as those purposefully brought into the school (e.g., pollution, mold, hazardous materials, pesticides, and cleaning agents).
Physical Environment Resources:
- Safe & Supportive Learning – School Environment
- Safe & Supporting Learning – Physical Environment
- SSI Guardian – Safety & Security products and professional development training
- The Healthy School Report Card (HSRC) guides your school or district through the four steps of the HSRC process including Organizing, Scoring, Reporting, and Using the Results. Includes capacity building and needs assessment process of 11 key characteristics required for developing both a healthy school and one conducive to effective teaching and learning.