Restorative Practices

Ms. Ffrench is the Restorative Practices Liaison. 

She will support: 

  • helping to develop and support a safe and responsive school culture
  • assists in creating a unified student community that engages in routines, rituals, and processes
  • builds students’ positive identities and fosters strong relationships between and among students, staff, and parents
  • models social justice practices valuing human rights and recognizing the dignity of every student
  • utilizes restorative practices to encourage students to take responsibility for their actions
  • connects with students and demonstrates care for them while supporting the implementation of the school’s behavior policy
  • works with school leaders and staff to preserve the safety and integrity of the learning climate while maximizing students’ opportunities to learn.

 

Contact Ms. Ffrench at lnffrench@aurorak12.org

Request a restorative conference

 

 

AWCPA is a restorative school where restorative practices are part of the discipline processes and next steps for student success.

Parental support and cooperation are essential in helping students learn from mistakes and mature into young adulthood. Behavior is developmental and requires parents and staff to work together and model problem solving for students to learn restorative conflict resolution skills. Please do not hesitate to call and contact us when you have a concern. Communication and partnerships between our school staff and with guardians are the keys to success. Besides making frequent phone calls to parents, we appreciate receiving calls from parents when clarification or further information may be needed. 

 

Restorative Discipline Procedures

AWCPA strives to maintain classrooms in which student behavior does not interfere with the ability of the teacher to teach effectively or the ability of other students to participate in classroom learning activities. AWCPA, in accordance with state law, will administer the APS Student Conduct and Discipline Code in an equitable manner and will enforce it uniformly, fairly, and consistently for all students. Discipline consequences will be appropriate to the misconduct.

The discipline process will incorporate restorative justice best practices to address the needs of the student who engaged in the misconduct, the needs of those affected by the misconduct, and the needs of the overall school community. Students will be expected to abide by the APS Student Code of Conduct, and any other appropriate classroom rules of behavior established by the Principal and/or classroom teacher for the purpose of maintaining order and a positive and productive academic environment.

Any student who violates the APS Student Code of Conduct or other classroom rules may be subject to removal from class and/or disciplinary action.

AWCPA teachers have the suggested process for unproductive classroom behaviors.

First address - Informal restorative (RJ) conversation/redirect with the student, one to one (may be repeated at teacher discretion)

Second address – Informal restorative discussion, parent communication (via phone and email) and recorded in IC by the teacher. Teacher to reach out to  Instructional Dean for suggestions of solutions/strategies to address the classroom management situation. Teacher to implement tier one intervention strategies with support from Instructional Dean.

Third address – Teacher to seek a formal restorative meeting to be facilitated by the Restorative Practices Liaison. Teachers communicate to parents that the RJ meeting is voluntary for the student. Restorative meetings are in collaboration with current discipline policies. For example,  community service can be assigned in addition to a formal restorative conversation.  (If progress is being made, may be repeated at teacher discretion)

Fourth address – Teacher to complete a Community Service Referral form. Teachers may be consulted for further information. 

It is the aim of AWCPA to handle all behavioral situations in a restorative manner rather than punitive. This approach, however, is not always possible. Every effort will be made to plan restorative conversations (RJ) between students and teachers during a teacher's plan time,  before/after school, or during lunch. If a meeting is held during a teacher's class time, the Engagement Team will provide temporary supervision. 

Contact Ms. Ffrench at lnffrench@aurorak12.org

Request a restorative conference

 

Further interventions, if unacceptable behavior continues, will be addressed by the  Dean of Engagement. Assistant Principal or Principal, intervention may be sought in addition to disciplinary action. Please refer to DISTRICT SAFE SCHOOL POLICIES.