Expanding Restorative Justice Practices
On January 23rd, about 40 school administrators, teachers and
wellness coordinators came together to deepen their understanding
of Restorative Justice Practice (RJP) to create a healthier
school environment, increase graduation rates and address
disproportionality in schools’ discipline outcomes. Health Policy
and Planning has been working closely with the San Mateo County
Office of Education to support implementation of RJP in schools
across the county. Restorative justice is a powerful discipline
approach that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive
processes that engage all impacted stakeholders. Implemented
well, RJP shifts the focus of discipline from punishment to
learning and from the individual to the community. At the
meeting, we shared a draft of a blueprint for implementing a
strong RJP at the school, district and county levels.
Our School Wellness Alliance meeting on March 1st will feature the final blueprint and speaker Dr. Martha Merchant from UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools), who will highlight the importance of bringing a trauma-informed lens to schools that are implementing RJP. Please make sure to register for the March 1st School Wellness Alliance meeting by clicking here. We hope to see you there!