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Palm Coast Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 6 months ago

Flagler Schools to begin restorative justice initiative

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The programs will begin at Wadsworth and Buddy Taylor.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Flagler Schools will spend $11,900 to train a dozen district staff members in "restorative justice" — a process to repair damaged relationships, especially those damaged by bullying.

The practice "does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim," a school district staff document states.

The training, to be carried out by the International Institute for Restorative Practices, would involve three days of coursework, each consisting of 6.5 hours of material.

"By funding this purchase order, we’ll be able to expand over the next few years to training all of our schools in the district," Coordinator of Student and Behavior Supports John Fanelli told the board during a meeting Jan. 15.

The program is being rolled out first at Wadsworth Elementary and Buddy Taylor Middle School.

"It’s different at both schools, but it’s made up of about 30 early adopters — those teachers and those guidance counselors that are going to really implement it," Fanelli said. "The way we’re doing it is to build capacity and sustainability in the schools. It’s a multi-year rollout. … This is going to be a change in school culture and climate. ... We also educate students on the impact of their actions on others."

 

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