Research consistently shows that feeling unsafe at school or experiencing harassment at school is linked to health and behavior risks for youth, as well as poor school performance. Recent research shows that bias-motivated harassment is all too common in California’s schools. At the same time, school non-discrimination policies have been shown to promote school safety and are a key strategy to prevent negative health and academic outcomes for youth.
What is the state of school safety policy in California school districts? We conducted a survey of one-third of California’s school districts and with that data created our first in a series of research briefs.