School climate is based on patterns of students', parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life. It reflects norms and goals and values interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices and organizational structures. A positive school climate fosters youth development and learning necessary for a productive, contributing life in a democratic society.
The Safe and Healthy Learners Team provides information and technical assistance to school districts regarding school climate, classroom management and youth development. The climate of the school includes the expectation of respect from all students and staff, caring connections between all students and adults in the building, and the expectation that students will share concerns about school safety and that adults will take those concerns seriously. Positive school climate intersects with attendance, transition and academic concerns as well as violence prevention, bullying prevention and school safety.