A healthy and safe physical school environment promotes learning by ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. The physical school environment encompasses the school building and its contents, the land on which the school is located, and the area surrounding it. A healthy school environment will address a school’s physical condition during normal operation as well as during renovation (e.g., ventilation, moisture, temperature, noise, and natural and artificial lighting), and protect occupants from physical threats (e.g., crime, violence, traffic, and injuries) and biological and chemical agents in the air, water, or soil as well as those purposefully brought into the school (e.g., pollution, mold, hazardous materials, pesticides, and cleaning agents).
The SUHSD is committed to ensuring the safety of each student and staff member. Each school site has a disaster plan in place. The district is developing an Incident Command System (ICS), which is "a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response" designed to deal with incidents of any size or scope.