We believe in Restorative Practices. Restorative circles (meetings) may be used to bring restoration and healing. As a whole, the staff incorporates positive discipline methods, restorative practice, and creating a positive school climate which will result in a better learning environment for all students. When talking over concerns, we teach about claiming personal responsibility. Building on our assets helps us focus on positive thoughts by taking steps to restore actions and build relationships. What are restorative practices? Restorative Practices are based on principles and processes that emphasize the importance of positive relationships as central to building community and restoring relationships when harm has occurred. Restorative Practices (RP) is a movement grounded in principles designed to create powerful relationships, which are central to building thriving communities. RP represents a paradigm shift that focuses on the harm done, rather than on the rule broken, in the restoration of relationships. RP is a reflective practice that encourages personal responsibility, giving a voice both to the person harmed as well as the person who caused the harm. RP aids in the acceptance of cultural differences by offering an equitable process where all members of a community feel valued and heard, and in turn, are more likely to bring their best self to the community. Through restorative practices, members of the school community will:
- Have an opportunity to be heard
- Understand the greater impact of one’s actions
- Learn to take responsibility
- Repair the harm one’s actions may have caused
- Recognize one’s role in maintaining a safe school environment
- Build upon and expand on personal relationships in the school community
- Recognize one’s role as a positive contributing member of the school community.