Restorative Justice (also known as Restorative Practices)
Student Services acknowledges that functioning as a “zero tolerance school system” that hands out suspensions and/or expulsions for student misbehavior is not best practice for helping students correct negative behaviors. It keeps the student out of school (increasing absenteeism), the student misses important daily instruction, lowering s academic achievement, and decreases student morale. In addition, when students are out of school, they are more likely to commit crimes and/or abuse drugs and alcohol.
As a result, the district has chosen to move toward becoming a “restorative practices focused school system” focusing on instituting Restorative Justice (also known as Restorative Practices) in each of our buildings. Restorative Practices consist of the following beliefs:
Strives to be respectful to all
Provides opportunity for equitable dialogue and participatory decision-making
Involves all relevant stakeholders
Addresses harms, needs, obligations, and causes of conflict and harm
Encourages all to take responsibility
Source: OUSD Restorative Justice Implementation Guide
Restorative Justice (Restorative Practices) is an alternate method of disciplining students that seeks to balance the process between being too permissive and being too punitive. The goal of Restorative Justice is to work with students (the victims and the accused) to come to a solution rather than simply handing down punishment.