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Only 16% of Students in California Feel Very Safe At School

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Recent data from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) shows that only 16% of students in schools across California feel very safe at school. Data for San Mateo County shows a similar trend with 11% of 9th grade girls and 18% of 9th grade boys reported feeling very safe at school. Perceived school safety is closely related to student connectedness and academic achievement. The San Mateo County Office of Education’s (SMCOE) Safe and Supportive Services team to ensure San Mateo County schools have the resources to ensure they foster a positive school climate and that students and staff feel safe. Get Healthy SMC has partnered with the SMCOE’s Safe and Supportive Services team to support school district implementation of Restorative Justice Practices, which is one strategy to improve school climate and safety.

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