What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is a philosophy and an approach to discipline and community building that we use at Richland. The focus is on connecting students, teachers, and families. We have found that the process of using Council to communicate with each other has strengthened our community.
When one students hurts another student, the Restorative Justice process has teachers focus on repairing the harm done to the injured student. Sometimes an apology is needed. Other times, another consequence is required. Either way, we ask all participants to focus on repair and moving forward.
We do invite parents to participate in Councils that focus on parenting at least twice per year.