I support the new Social Emotional Learning curriculum, expanding behavioral interventions programs to reach more schools, and restorative discipline policies, but I also recognize that policy is meaningless if the schools don’t have staff well-prepared to follow through. I believe that smaller class sizes at the higher grades and more resources (space and supplies) for the staff to use for restorative discipline practices are imperative to the success of any of these policies.
- Our schools just experienced major changes in staffing and I think it’s important to touch base with each school to make sure that they have the resources and staffing to be successful, to address issues that are becoming apparent, and to plan for future staffing/resource needs based on feedback.
- Developed a clear policy for ensuring staffing, resources, training, and physical space to implement the Restorative Discipline policies effectively.
- Ensure recommendations from the Safe Haven report that can be implemented quickly are completed, prioritize and plan for implementing additional safety improvements based on: budgeting, considering the cost/effectiveness of each recommendation, and feedback from the community.
The district has been working hard to improve the discipline policy and the equity of how it is applied. They are likely to approve revisions to the discipline policy in upcoming meetings and I appreciate their focus on restorative discipline and behavioral interventions. Unfortunately, the challenge to effective discipline policies is ensuring each school has enough staffing, physical space, and tools to actually apply the policies well. I believe all schools and staff try to administer discipline fairly and appropriately, but are often lacking in the staffing and resources to meet the needs of students.
Behavioral Intervention (BI) classroom massively improved my daughters experience at school and helped me succeed as a working parent by ending the constant Suspensions from school. It took entirely too long to get those services because the aren’t available at every school and requires us to transfer. I’d like to see every school in the district have a Behavioral Intervention Classroom and services available so struggling students can get the help they need early when the need arises and reduce the impact on families who currently would have to transfer to receive those services.