School connectedness is an important protective factor, it is a protective factor against dating abuse, sexual violence, youth violence, bullying, and suicide. School connectedness is the belief of students that the adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. Building school connectedness is an effective prevention strategy that schools could use to address many types of violence and increase academic achievement. Strategies that build school connectedness will also incorporate building community connects and fostering positive youth and adult relationships, which are also important protective factors against violence.
School connectedness is not just about preventing violence, it also improves academic outcomes for students. Students that feel connected to their school have better school attendance, are more likely to stay in school, and have higher grades and test scores. The benefits of school connectedness are clear, but how can administrators, staff, and parents increase school connectedness for students?