Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, UMS started implementing Restorative Practices (RP) as part of our of social-emotional supports. The objective of RP is to improve school climate and break the cycle of repeating conflict and ongoing harm by dealing with issues underlying harmful behavior and addressing the needs and feelings of individuals who were affected. Restorative Practices is a term used to describe a variety of processes that focus on building relationships, identifying harm and making amends or repairing relationships, instead of excluding students from the school community. Although in some cases RP may take the place of punitive discipline, even with RP in place, students may continue to receive traditional disciplinary consequences.
More information, including a Restorative Practice Conflict Circle request form, can be found in this PDF – UMS Restorative Practices.