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Healthy and Safe School Environment

OVERVIEW

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).

CSH TEAM FACILITATOR – HEALTHY AND SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Gregg Nolte, gnolte@bethlehemschools.org, Operations & Maintenance Director

VISION

Our vision is to create and maintain a positive and safe environment that supports the learning and development of all students; an environment guided by the principles of respect and understanding where the dignity of all students is recognized and protected.

STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS

  • Identify directional signage throughout the high school in order to create better traffic flow and understanding for students, staff and community members. (2017-18 school year)
  • Establish better quality turf on the high school and middle school playing fields to provide a more consistent and safer surface for users. (2017-18 school year)
  • Finalize the design of all safety projects associated with the capital bond project that represents the conditions and needs of the district. (2017-18 school year)
  • Establish water bottle filling stations at all schools and assure that all drinking fountains are functioning properly. (2016-17 school year)
  • Refinish all gym floors in the schools. (2016-17 school year)
  • Complete traffic flow study at the middle and high schools. (2016-17 school year)

RESOURCES