Restorative Justice Program
Everyone in the school community is responsible for responding to
student behavior AND creating a culture of care.
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a philosophy and practice based on a set of principles for responding to peer conflict and wrongdoing; emphasizing communication without blame or shame, strengthening relationships, and social-emotional growth to build healthy learning communities.
By implementing RJ in our schools we are expecting to:
Build healthier student-to-student and student-to-adult relationships based on personal responsibility, respect, and meaningful communication
Create a safe environment with a focus on social-emotional well-being and academics rather than misbehavior
Build on school-wide strengths and competencies with a focus on developing assets in students, school staff and families
Respond to student and staff needs and support educational and personal development
Encourage students and families to consider themselves as part of a larger community
This will then lead to:
Decreases in the number of disciplinary actions that rise to an administrative level
Decreases in exclusionary discipline related to peer conflict and student misbehavior
Increases in students reporting that they think their teachers and other adults at school believe they will be a success
Restorative Justice Coordinators at SFPS: