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Restorative Practices



We know that by fully implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) and by giving students the opportunity to use Restorative Practices when behavioral errors occur, we can decrease the need for referrals, suspension and expulsion, and create safer schools in the process.  

Commonly used in juvenile and adult corrections and treatment programs, restorative practices may result in sanctions, but the relationship damaged by the offense is the priority. This damaged relationship can and should be repaired and the offending individual can and should be reintegrated, not only for the good of that individual but also for the community as a whole. 

Restorative Questions I
To respond to challenging behavior

What happened?
What were you thinking of at the time?
Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
What do you think you need to do to make things right?
Restorative Questions II
To help those harmed by other’s actions
What did you think when you realized what had happened?
What impact had this incident had on you and others?
What has been the hardest thing for you?
What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
What is a Peace Path?

NVUSD has begun placing a higher emphasis on conflict resolution and restorative practices.  The peace path is a three step process that schools use to find common ground between feuding students and tap in to the idea of empathy.

The students first express how they feel about the conflict. Next they explain what could change so that they feel better. Lastly, students talk about what should be done next time to avoid such a situation.  

Watch the video to see this in action!