California

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School Climate Policies: State Profile

Basics
Is there a school climate policy?No
What is the source?N/A
Does the policy define school climate? If so, how?N/A
Is the policy part of the accountability system?N/A
Is there funding for the school climate policy?N/A
Is school climate measured?Yes, CA administers three surveys as part of the Cal-SCHLS survey system. Students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11, parents, and school staff members may participate in the surveys. Currently, use of the surveys is optional, not required.
Safety
Is there a safety policy? (NSCC assumes that all states have a policy regarding physical safety (building structure etcetera) and emergency responses. This question is focused on personal safety.)Yes, each school site must adopt a comprehensive school safety plan.
Does the policy address physical violence?Yes, the comprehensive school safety plan must address harassment.
Does the policy address verbal abuse?No
Does the policy address harassment and teasing?Yes, for safety: resources are posted regarding prohibition of discrimination and harassment, for school safety planning, for violence prevention, and for bullying.
Does the policy address social, emotional and/or intellectual safety?No
Relationship
Are there youth engagement requirements?No
Teaching and Learning
Is Service Learning a required pedagogic strategy, designed to foster student engagement/leadership?No
Is there technical assistance and professional development available for teachers and school administrators?Yes, for safety: resources are posted regarding prohibition of discrimination and harassment, for school safety planning, for violence prevention, and for bullying:
External Environment
Is there a policy mandating a clean and/or attractive school?No