Survey Shows Va. High School Students, Teachers Feel Safe

Aug. 5, 2014

A new survey from the University of Virginia shows how students and teachers feel about the safety of their schools.

Researchers looked at all of the high schools in the state to understand what needed to be addressed in school safety.

Overall, 91 percent of teachers and 82 percent of students felt that their high school was safe and supportive of their needs.

“This is the first time that all Virginia public high schools have completed a survey like this, to look at school climate and safety conditions,” says Curry School of Education Professor Dr. Dewey Cornell. “We're going to do this every two years, so that schools can benchmark where they are now, develop plans to improve school conditions and school climate and evaluate their outcomes two years down the road.”

Researchers looked at over 300 public high schools in the Commonwealth, and surveyed over 48,000 students and over 13,000 teachers.

A majority (82 percent) of students were pleased with their schools safety, though 15 percent of high school students had an issue with bullying

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