Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution Overview

 The “Safe and Supportive Schools” Resolution includes the following elements:

  • Fully implement Restorative Practices (RP) and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) at All Schools
  • Develop Tiers of Intervention and Alternatives to School Suspension
  • Ensure Regular and Accurate Data Reporting on Disciplinary Measures and Interventions
  • Reduce Suspensions and Racial Disproportionality in School Balanced Scorecards
  • Prioritize Alternatives to Suspensions for Disruption/Willful Defiance
  • Address the Disproportionate Referral, Suspension and Loss of Instructional Time for African American Students
  • Allow for Suspension Appeals
  • Create Clear Policy for Use of “Permitted Dismissals” and End Undocumented Suspensions
  • Ensure Implementation and Reporting

The Safe and Supportive Schools Policy commits the district to full Implementation of Restorative Practices (RP) and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) at all schools. It calls for an implementation plan for the roll-out of RP and SWPBIS at all schools over the next three years, which will mean investing more time and money into these approaches in order to equip all staff with the necessary training and support.

According to the policy, suspensions,  including supervised suspension at school, may only be utilized as the appropriate intervention in the most extreme circumstances when the appropriate identified interventions in the behavioral discipline matrix have been exhausted and documented. Beginning in the fall of 2014, the District policy will be updated to provide that no student shall receive a suspension or recommendation for expulsion/be expelled solely on the basis of “disruption/willful defiance.” Schools must provide alternatives to suspension for “willful defiance” and ensure that proactive and evidence-based alternative interventions are in place.

The policy calls for resources for teachers including professional development (PD) for Restorative Practices, working with students impacted by trauma, de-escalation techniques, cultural competency, relationship building, communication skills and working with students with special needs, and prioritizing schools with the highest behavioral needs.

The resolution requires the Superintendent to create a plan to implement changes within 120 days and give progress reports to the Board of Education.

NOV 28, 2013