Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael Schock, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Curt Paulsen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Barbara Atherton, LICSW


School violence has become a growing concern in the United States. Although most of the stories reported in the media focus on violence in high schools, concerns for the safety of elementary school students is increasing. Strategies used by schools to maintain safety for students include 1) zero tolerance policies, 2) conflict resolution through peer mediation, and 3) safe school planning. This descriptive research study utilizes safe school planning because of its focus on overall school environment and climate. Secondary data analysis is used to identify students' perceptions of safety at Minneapolis Public School's Jefferson Elementary. Survey questions are categorized into five areas: (a) General School Perceptions, (b) Race Relations, (c) General Interactions, (d) Safety at school, and (e) Respecting Others. The data were analyzed and interpreted by looking for data trends in race and gender. Staff and student perceptions were also compared. Recommendations which comprise the foundation of a Safe School Plan for Jefferson Elementary were proposed.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Kirchner.JA

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