School safety: a comparative study on two public school districts

This project aimed to analyze the perceptions of school safety among San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) and Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) high school students, using the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS). The CHKS was administered to 9th and 11th school students. Data analysis findings of the CHKS for SJUSD and SCUSD formed the base for a questionnaire survey administered to a group of Master of Social Work (MSW) students with school-based internship experience, at California State University, Sacramento. The questionnaire was used to determine whether these MSW students concur with the SJUSD and SCUSD CHKS findings. The researchers found that despite the many differences between the two school districts, the perception of safety was similar among students. The questionnaire findings showed that individually, MSW students did not concur with the CHKS findings. The findings highlighted the importance of student voice and collaboration amongst students and staff.