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WSCC Physical Environment

Physical Environment

A healthy and safe physical school environment promotes learning by ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. A healthy school environment will address a school’s physical condition during normal operation as well as during renovation, protecting occupants from physical threats, biological and chemical agents in the air, water, or soil, as well as those purposefully brought into the school.

Colorado Department of Education Resources

CDE BEST Grant Program

CDE Greening Schools Program

CDE Capital Construction Office

Coordination and Practices:

RMC Physical Environment Smart Guide RMC Health, Coordination of physical environment across WSCC component areas.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Colorado School Safety Resource Center

National Center for Safe Routes to School

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

US Environmental Protection Agency

Supporting Policies

Established in 2008 with the signing of C.R.S.22-43.7, BEST provides an annual amount of funding in the form of competitive grants to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.