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Positive Behavior Support Program

"Restorative Justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible" - Howard Zehr, 1990

The District adopted the School Climate Bill of Rights in May 2013 and committed to implementing Restorative Justice practices in all schools by 2020. Restorative Justice emphasizes community building and commits to restoring relationships. Restorative practices promote and strengthen positive school culture. Moreover, pro-social relationships also improve within the school community.

Restorative Justice at a Glance
The following principles reflect the values and concepts for implementing Restorative Justice practices in the school setting:
1. Acknowledge that relationships are essential to building a successful school community.
2. Ensure equity of voice amongst all members of the community. Everyone is valued, everyone is heard.
3. Sets high expectations while offering supports, emphasizing doing things "with," not "to" or "for."
4. Build systems that address student misconduct and harm in a way that strengthens relationships and focuses on the harm done rather than on rule-breaking.

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