Strong & Safe Neighborhood Schools.
Engaging community through a neighborhood school can help build family involvement in school and learning.
Students with involved parents show higher rates of academic achievement.
Students who feel safe and secure in school show greater engagement.
Resources for Families:
Resources for Educators:
US Department of Education National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
School Climate Improvement Toolkit
 Feelings of Safety at School, Socioemotional Functioning, and Classroom Engagement
Côté-Lussier, Carolyn et al.
Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 58 , Issue 5 , 543 - 550
We are committed to maintaining safe, strong neighborhood schools.
Student safety will always be our highest priority. As a community, we owe it to our children to provide well-maintained, secure, up-to-date learning environments. In addition, we respect the role each school plays in building community in our neighborhoods and throughout the district.
Why are we committed?
Feelings of safety come from not only being physically safe and comfortable, but also emotionally safe and in a school climate that is stable and supportive. Students who feel safe learn better; parents who feel safe invest and engage in their local schools; staff members who feel safe can perform at their highest levels. Therefore, we commit to not only making our students and families in the TCAPS community physically safe, but feeling safe as well.
How are other districts making a difference?
Rather than closing 5 neighborhood schools and transitioning students to other schools in the district, in 2017, Pittsburgh Public Schools voted to transition those schools into community schools in partnership with local non-profit groups. The community schools continue to educate students, but also offer access to campus resources and act as hubs to connect school families with needed social services. Read more about the community schools here
What actions will we take in TCAPS?