Central Susquehanna IU 16: Center for Safe Schools Instills School Climate and Safety

School principals, teachers and staff are conscientious about the physical, psychological and emotional safety of their students, but it is difficult for the untrained eye to spot every hazard – especially climate issues that may remain below the surface, including the physical, social and academic dimensions of a school’s environment.

The Center for Safe Schools, a statewide program administered by Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (IU 16), empowers schools to create safer environments and protect their students all day, every day.
The Center for Safe Schools offers training and technical assistance on issues that impact climate and safety in the following areas:  
“When schools place a priority on implementing programs that address these issues, school climate and safety are just two of the areas that are strengthened,” said Shileste Overton-Morris, Director of the Center for Safe Schools. “Academic performance levels and test scores are at their peak when students feel safe, valued and respected.”  
Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Crime Prevention Council as one of 20 Statewide School Safety Centers in the nation, the Center for Safe Schools employs a diverse and well-qualified staff. With backgrounds in law, law enforcement, social services and education, staff conduct research, consult with national experts and receive training to remain current on issues related to school climate, safety and youth violence prevention. In addition, they respond to hundreds of monthly requests for technical assistance from schools in Pennsylvania and beyond.
Michelle Nutter, Center for Safe Schools manager added, “Districts that attend to the climate and safety of their buildings are likewise more apt to retain teachers, administrators and other staff because they feel connected to the district.”

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