Restorative Discipline Plan


Carson City School District Plan for Restorative Discipline   


This Restorative Discipline Plan was developed by the Carson City School District’s (CCSD) District Intervention Assistance Team (DIAT) with feedback from site-based school safety teams that include students, parents/guardians, community members, educators, and administrators.

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SAFE AND CONNECTED SCHOOLS:

The Carson City School District Board of Trustees recognizes that maintaining a safe and productive learning environment is essential to its mission to empower students with the skills, knowledge, values and opportunities to thrive. Necessary and appropriate disciplinary measures, including restorative practices and interventions, will be taken to address the misconduct of students who engage in behaviors that distract and disrupt the mission of the District.   

The Carson City School District Board of Trustees recognizes that maintaining a safe and productive learning environment is essential to its mission

to empower students with the skills, knowledge, values, and opportunities to thrive. Necessary and appropriate disciplinary measures, including restorative practices and interventions, will be taken to address the misconduct of students who engage in behaviors that distract and disrupt the mission of the District. CCSD believes all students have the right to:

  • Experience a positive, safe, and respectful learning environment.
  • Learn from a highly qualified staff who do their best every day.
  • Expect patience and nonjudgmental guidance as they learn to navigate this confusing world.
  • Make and learn from their mistakes.
  • Learn from motivating adults who believe in their individual dreams and are committed to helping them fulfill those dreams.
  • Be surrounded by caring adults who support and respect them for who they are individually.
  • Be provided equitable and diverse education with the appropriate resources to be successful.
  • Engage as active members of their school and community.
  • Be heard and have a voice in all aspects of their education.
  • Understand existing rules, their purposes, and the opportunity to express concerns with perceived inequities.
  • Be open, honest, and express themselves in a respectful manner.
  • Be exposed to authentic, real world learning opportunities that will prepare them for their future.

All students are expected to follow District policies and regulations, school rules of conduct, and city, state, and federal law. Students who disregard established policies, rules, regulations, or laws are subject to behavioral intervention and progressive discipline. All students are expected to adhere to appropriate standards of conduct while at school, traveling to and from school, during lunch, and while involved in school sponsored activities. Students representing the school in athletics, band, drill team, and other school groups must conform to standards established by their coaches or sponsors in accordance with policy and regulations established by the District, as well as the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) and any other athletic or activity association to which their school belongs. 

MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS (MTSS):

CCSD employs a Multi-Tiered System of Supports model with a focus on prevention to deter negative student behaviors. Through the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) structure, teams utilize the Problem-Solving Model to identify students who engage in challenging behaviors, develop a plan for how school staff will reteach/support the students, implement the plan, and analyze implementation results for effectiveness. If student behavior falls outside district expectations, district established behavioral guidelines will be used by school administrators to determine appropriate consequences and/or interventions for student behavioral violations. In all instances, these guidelines may be modified contingent upon the level of severity of the incident and aligned with age, developmental level, and other extenuating circumstances. Whenever possible and appropriate, schools will provide restorative disciplinary practices which include 1) holding a student accountable for his or her behavior; 2) restoration or remedies related to the behavior of the student; 3) relief for any victim of the student; and 4) changing the behavior of the student. 

Questions for school/district teams to consider with habitual challenging behaviors:

  • Are we consistently providing Tier 1 (school-wide) behavioral support?
  • Can the student consistently exhibit problem-solving, conflict resolution skills with peers and/or adults?
  • How is the student achieving academic success at the expected level?
  • Has the parent/family/caregiver of the student been informed and involved in the problem-solving process?
  • What prosocial and evidence-based interventions have been implemented?
    • Was the intervention implemented with fidelity?
  • What setting events (i.e., environmental factors) at school may be contributing to the challenging behavior(s)?
  • What is the hypothetical function of challenging behavior? What might the student be trying to access or escape from adults, peers, or objects?
  • What level of engagement has the Native American liaison, school counselor, school social worker and/or school psychologist been involved with the student?
  • Has the student engaged in any specific behavioral skill training (such as anger management, conflict resolution) intervention?
  • Has the student accessed mental health/wrap around supports through Project AWARE or outside agencies?
  • Who does the student have a strong adult relationship with a staff member on site?
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