Date Approved

5-15-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Egg Harbor Township High School (Egg Harbor, N.J. : Township); School plant management

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate the effectiveness of the school sanctuary program on safety and the climate of safety at Egg Harbor Township High School (EHTHS), Using a case-study design, 56 teachers were first surveyed to provide a description of the climate of safety in the high school. It was found that, on average, the staff felt physically, psychologically, socially, and morally safe. Teachers also used the word safe to describe the overall climate of safety at school. Furthermore, this data would be used as a baseline for further comparisons and was to help the sanctuary team determine their future efforts at increasing safety. However, many factors prevented the sanctuary team from moving forward, and no further efforts were made at creating sanctuary in the school. Regardless, a final survey was again administered to another sample of 56 teachers, and it was found that there was no change in the climate of safety or the feelings of safety at EHTHS. Moreover, since the efforts of the sanctuary team were nonexistent after the initial data were collected, this study cannot yet describe and evaluate properly the effectiveness of the school sanctuary program on safety and the climate of safety at EHTHS.

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