Whole Child

Physical Environment

Published: 12/26/2023 9:40 AM
A safe school environment includes the physical and aesthetic surroundings of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting.

All of Kentucky schools will enjoy a safe physical climate of the school. Schools are designed to provide a safe physical plant. 

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments defines physical environment in relation to schools and explains the correlation to student achievement and student behavior, as well as teacher’s levels of absenteeism, effort, effectiveness in the classroom, morale and job satisfaction. Features resources and upcoming events.


The Physical School Environment: An Essential Component of a Health-Promoting School​

This document from the World Health Organization shares the importance of physical school environments, how it will protect health and provides planning interventions for health protection in school environments.


KentuckyCenter for School Safety

Through its partner agencies, the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) will provide training in best and promising practices with regard to supporting students, teachers, and other school and community providers. KCSS provides grant information, several resources relating to safety within the school and data reports.


KDE Safe Schools

This website provides details about the Safe Schools team at the Kentucky Department of Education and school safety training registration links along with newsletters and related websites. Lists regulations and statutes on school safety and other school safety resources.


Kentucky100% Tobacco Free Schools​

This website contains resources and success stories on tobacco free schools efforts in Kentucky.


Tobacco Free Schools Toolk​it

Administrators, educators, school health services professionals, and other staff can use this guide to educate students about the dangers of using tobacco products, maintain a healthy school environment, and implement evidence-based programs to reduce tobacco use among youth.

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