MPN students are less likely to feel safe in middle school than in high school, 30% compared to 55% respectively. Students report higher rates of perceived safety going to and from school, approximately 75% for MPN students as whole. When broken out by grade, MPN 8th graders report the lowest rates of perceived safety when going to and leaving from school, approximately 40%. This suggests that middle school is an important time to target safety interventions.
The 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey collects data focused on a broad range of key learning and health-related indicators that are used to explore student attitudes, behaviors, and experiences related to school and learning. School connectedness, developmental supports and opportunities, safety, violence and harassment, substance use, and physical and mental health are some of the key areas assessed by the survey. John O’Connell High School and Everett Middle School participated in this survey and are reported here.
Data was also derived from the MPN student survey, a classroom survey conducted by the Center for Latino Policy Research in May 2012 where data was gathered from 709 students in grades K-11. Students responded to the following question: Do you feel safe on your way to and from school?