Karen Webber-Ndour, Executive Director
The Office of Student Support and Safety provides a comprehensive and integrated system of student support services readily accessible for implementation with students and their families, thereby enabling City Schools to fully meet the social, emotional and academic needs of all students.
The elements in a school related to relationships, teaching and learning, physical environment and safety. Positive relationships are critical to creating a positive school climate. School leaders set the tone and expectations for the entire school community, paving the way for all members of that community to take simple yet meaningful steps to improve school climate.
We learned that City Schools’ students who are chronically absent score lower on standardized tests than their peers who attend regularly. We also learned that students who were suspended even once in an academic year perform substantially below those students who were not suspended. Further, students who were suspended two or more times performed below even those students who were chronically absent (defined as missing more than 20 days in a school year). After reviewing these and other school specific data, thoughtful school climate plans were drafted within individual school climate teams. The solid drop in the number of out of school suspensions district-wide were even lower in the schools that participated in school climate training.