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Survey: Students, Teachers Feel Safe in VA High Schools

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A new survey shows that students and teachers feel safe in high schools around Virginia.

A team at the University of Virginia surveyed more than 48,000 students and found the overall picture was a positive one.

More than 13,000 teachers in more than 300 schools in Virginia were also surveyed. The overwhelming majority of students and teachers reported they feel physically safe at schools. All students surveyed say they expect to graduate and feel they have the support needed to move on to higher education.

While physical safety doesn't seem to be a problem, other concerns did surface.

"We know that there are safety concerns in our high schools. Bullying is a problem in high schools, not just in lower grades. About 15 percent of high school students report being bullied on a weekly basis or more often,” said Dewey Cornell, a UVA professor.

The schools with problem areas were given recommendations to make improvements.

Although the detailed reports were only released to each individual school, Cornell says all of the high schools in Charlottesville and Albemarle County had positive survey results.

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