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Proposed Code of Conduct & Restorative Practices Regulations

New Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices

SOMSD is finalizing new regulations for the District’s Code of Conduct, and invites community feedback to further inform the development of the final document and to ensure that it accurately represents our community’s values. 

The Board’s Code of Conduct Policy was revised and approved in July 2017.  While incorporating State mandated policy revisions, SOMSD also infused the policy with the District’s commitment to restorative practices. 

Assistant Superintendent for Administration Kevin Walston presented an update on the development of the proposed regulations to the Board of Education on Monday, April 23, 2018. The PowerPoint is available here.

 

Restorative Practices

SOMSD has used restorative practices, particularly at the elementary level, since 2015-2016.  The District expanded its commitment to restorative practices in its Strategic Plan:

Strategy 2We will develop multiple supports for students to thrive in a learner-centered environment (e.g. mentoring program, peer leadership, individualized academic/emotional support, transitional services, restorative practices and guidance in pursuit of their passions). 

Deliverable 2.2Develop a standardized, district-wide restorative practice, including Restorative Justice, that helps students and staff resolve conflicts peacefully and respectfully, reduces punitive discipline and helps to decrease racial discipline disparities.

Restorative practices are a framework for building community and responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue leading to understanding and action to set things right and repair and restore damaged relationships.  The process supports initiators in acknowledging and repairing the harm done, helps victims and witnesses process what happened, and helps the class or school community rebuild trust.

 

Development of Code of Conduct Regulations

Once the policy was passed, SOMSD formed a committee to update the regulations in August 2017, to align to the new policy, and to incorporate restorative practices.  The initial committee included parents, staff and community members.  Commitment to restorative practices among all members of the committee was so strong, that the term was incorporated into the name of the regulations.  The committee engaged focus groups, which included additional community members, students and staff, to provide feedback on the initial revisions. The focus groups helped identify the need to incorporate professional development for staff on restorative practices, before expecting staff to use restorative practices effectively.  The committee then requested additional time, rather than presenting regulations to the Board of Education and community in December 2017 as scheduled.  This time was used to further refine the regulations, and to develop a three-year plan to build internal capacity, ensure staff has been trained in restorative practices, and lay the groundwork to successfully implement the strategies required by the regulations.

Before finalizing the regulations, the District invites the community to review the current draft and provide feedback to help ensure that the final Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices:

  • Aligns with the District’s mission and values
  • Is structured in a user-friendly way so that information can be easily found
  • Clearly outlines the multi-tiered responses used to provide interventions for students
  • Clearly outlines the procedures for addressing concerns such as reporting bullying
  • Serves as a resource to promote positive school climate and culture
  • Will contribute to the fair and equitable treatment of ALL students
  • Promotes the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of all students

This is also an opportunity to identify any areas that need further development or clarification.

We invite you to:

  • Review the proposed regulations for Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices here.
  • Provide feedback on the survey here.

 

Timeline for Finalization and Implementation of New Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices

Task

Timeframe

Begin professional development for staff in restorative practices

April & May 2018

Develop New Code of Conduct & Restorative Practices Committee

April 2018

Solicit feedback from school community on draft regulations for new Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices.

·  April - Administration Survey & Feedback

·  April - Educational Staff

·  May - Community Groups (SPED PTO, SEPAC, Presidents Council, CCR, PARES, BPW, SOMA)            

·  May - Students

·  May - Parents

April & May 2018

Post RFP to hire consultant to help SOMSD implement a 3-year plan to:

·  Build internal capacity

·  Ensure everyone has been trained in restorative practices

·  Ensure that we are able to implement the strategies which we have committed to in the regulations

April & May

2018

Incorporate community feedback into next draft of regulations

May & June 2018

Present final regulations to Board of Education and community

June 2018

Provide overview of Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices during new teacher orientation

August 2018

Launch new Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices:

·  Distribute new Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices to all students and families

·  Professional development for all staff in Code of Conduct & Restorative Practices

·  Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices in effect for all issues that arise

September 2018

Ongoing Implementation

·  Continuing professional development for staff in Restorative Practices

·  Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices in effect for all issues that arise

2018-2019 School Year

Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices Review

·  Form team of those most impacted by the code, including staff, students, and parents

·  Team reviews implementation and effectiveness, and proposes revisions, if needed.

February 2019