The National School Climate Center Policy Map

An Informational Tool for School Climate Policy By State.

The National School Climate Center Policy Map is a searchable database of existing statutory and regulatory language on the four major areas that a school community can be evaluated on to assess their school climate. The map covers statewide policies in the 50 states and Washington D.C., examining the four domains of school climate. Each domain then has a series of subcategories that can attest to the nature of a school’s climate and culture.  In addition, the map presents statewide policies on social media, since those also have a unique impact on school climate.   Below you will find a closer look at existing policies implemented in states, districts, and schools across the nation.

To learn more about school climate, the structure and methodology of the policy map, and suggested questions to ask when exploring the policies and how to consider their impact on the learning environment.

Questions to Consider                                     Why School Climate Matters


The four domains of School Climate are listed below, along with an exploration of social media.
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Institutional environment derives from physical cleanliness, school inclusion (how students accept one another), and connectedness.

Teaching and Learning are constituted by supportive teaching practices, social and civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Safety is comprised from the sense of both physical and verbal harm and adult intervention that is clearly communicated through rules and norms.

Social Media observes how students’ sense of safety from physical harm, verbal abuse/teasing, gossip, and exclusion when online or on electronic devices.

Interpersonal relationships aim at creating respect and diversity through mutual respect for all differences throughout school settings.

Policy Map