Perceived School Safety

When students have fears about personal safety at school, or on the way to and from school, they may miss days of school.   Perpetrators and victims of school violence are more likely to experience health problems, social and emotional difficulties, and/or poorer academic performance.  Additionally, fear at school can contribute to an unhealthy school climate, and can lead to negative student behaviors (Child Trends, 2011).

Data on perceived school safety necessarily come from students themselves, typically through surveys. Data can be collected in December and in April of each school year, to establish a baseline and to monitor ongoing trends. For year-round schools, an additional round of data collection may be needed.

If average levels of perceived school safety are not good or increasing, program managers may want to assess issues around program design, implementation, and quality.

By ChildTrends


Sources Cited

Child Trends, 2011. Youth who feel unsafe at school.  Child Trends DataBank.