School Board reviews climate survey

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Students in middle and high schools were quizzed on questions like community support, safety, cultural connectedness and student involvement.

    The survey found 58 percent of students felt close to an adult in their life, 72 percent said students are involved in the community, 43 percent had cultural identity, 54 percent said their family was involved in the community, 72 percent of students felt there were high expectations for them from adults in the school and community, and 30 percent felt students were respectful and helpful to one another.  The survey also found 53 percent of students felt the climate with school staff was respectful, 68 percent felt safe at school including bullying and gangs, 42 percent felt students were involved in school governance, 55 percent reported they observed students engage in delinquent behaviors at school and 65 percent claimed to have seen other students engage in drug or alcohol use at school.

    Peer climate had the lowest scores.  The students were asked if students help each other even if they are not friends, do students trust each other, do they stop other students from picking on another student, are students often teased and picked on, and do students like to put others down.  The survey found 68 percent of students felt students are school are often teased or picked on.  56 percent of students said most students like to put others down.  75 percent said students try to stop other students from being picked on.

    In the area of respectful climate, 67 percent of students said teachers treat them with respect, 42 percent said students are treated fairly after they break the rules, 54 percent said teachers are fair and 49 percent said school rules are fair.

    In school safety, 64 percent of students said they felt safe at school, 36 percent said the school is being ruined by bulllies and 25 percent said the school is badly affected by crime.

    On the subject of delinquent behaviors, 50 percent of students said they destroyed another students personal items, 58 percent got into fights with other students, 46 percent of students stole from the school or other people, 52 percent threatened of bullied another student, and 24 percent carried a weapon such as a knife or gun to school.

    In student risk behaviors, 25 percent of students reported they had been under the influence of drugs at school at least once, 45 percent were under the influence of marijuana at least once, and 35 percent of students had been under the influence of alcohol at school in the last year.

    A total of 2,020 students and 220 staff took part in the survey this year.

    In the survey of staff members, 67 percent felt schools have cultural identify and sensitivity, 65 percent felt there was family and community involvement, 62 percent felt students were respectful and helpful to one another, 77 percent felt positive about the decision making of school leaders, 81 percent felt safe at school, 84 percent said teachers were competent and had positive attitudes and 66 percent felt students were involved.  In addition 80 percent of staff said they had not observed students engage in delinquent behaviors and 90 percent said they did not see any drug or alcohol use among students at school.  114 teachers were part of this years survey.

    In the area of peer climate, 79 percent of staff felt students and teachers get along well, 94 percent survey found students help each other even if they are not friends, 97 percent found teachers and students treat each other with respect, 94 percent said students treat each other with respect and 98 percent found students care about each other.

    99 percent of staff felt safe at school, 98 disagreed on the statement the school is being ruined by bullies and 94 percent disagreed with the statement that crime and violence has badly affected the school.

    The survey found 90 percent of staff found students destroy things at school, 53 percent get involved in at least one fight at school, 62 percent of students stole at least once at school, 71 percent of students threaten or bully students at least once.  Teachers reported 34 times a student carried a weapon at least once.

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