“Districts usually want test scores, not community. It’s good to know that SFUSD realizes the need to establish community first.” - LSP/Counselor, Creative Arts Charter School

SFUSD Restorative Practices Mission Statement

Restorative Practices (RP) is a movement grounded in principles designed to create powerful relationships, which are central to building and sustaining thriving communities.  RP represents a paradigm shift that, when wrong-doing occurs, focuses on the harm done rather than the rule broken, and seeks the restoration of relationships.  RP is a reflective practice that encourages personal responsibility, giving voice to the person harmed the person who caused the harm, as well as others impacted by the incident.  RP aids in the embracing of cultural differences by offering an equitable process whereby all members of a community feel valued and heard, and in turn, are more likely to bring their “best self” to the community.


About Us

Welcome to Restorative Practices
in the San Francisco Unified School District

In recognition of the need for an accelerated “culture shift” in the way SFUSD approaches solutions to  disruptive student behavior and growing rates of suspensions, the Board of Education adopted Resolution No. 96-23A1. This resolution aims to take a restorative approach to student discipline and preventative measures in our school communities. Demonstration of this support was evidenced by the passage of Resolution 96-23A1 – In Support of a Comprehensive School Climate, Restorative Practices and Alternatives to Suspension/Expulsion. Board Resolution 96-23A1 (pdf)

In February of 2014, the adoption of the Safe and Supportive Schools Policy deepenend and extended positive tiered behavioral interventions and alternatives to suspension, increased instructional time, and reduced racial disparities, supporting full implementation of Restorative Practices (RP) and School‐Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) at All Schools. Board Resolution 1312‐10A4 (pdf)

Restorative Practices (RP) promote strengthened relationships and community building while providing meaningful and supported opportunities for all members of our school communities to share the responsibility for making our schools  a safe and nurturing environment.

Restorative Practices (RP) are based on  principles and processes that emphasizes the importance of positive relationships as central to building school community and restoring relationships when harm has occurred.

Students Currently Served

Students benefit through a shared commitment among the school staff community to embrace a paradigm shift towards a relationship based approach to school-wide culture, classroom management and behavior interventions. Through participation in teacher, staff and student led restorative practices, such as community building and problem solving circles and conferencing, students will build a sense of belonging, safety, and social responsibility in the school community and benefit from improved relationships with peers and school staff.

Restorative Practices will increase class instructional time leading to greater opportunities for academic success. RP will contribute to an increase in positive school climate in which students will recognize and value their role as an active member of the school community. This will result in an increase in student engagement, effort, and participation in all aspects of the school program.

Benefits of Restorative Approaches in the School Setting

  • A safer, more caring environment
  • A more effective teaching and learning environment
  • A greater commitment by everyone to taking the time to listen to one another
  • A reduction in bullying and other interpersonal conflicts
  • A greater awareness of the importance of connectedness to young people. The need to belong and feel valued by peers and significant adults
  • Greater emphasis on responses to inappropriate behavior that seek to reconnect, and not further disconnect young people
  • Reductions in fixed term and permanent suspensions and expulsions
  • A greater confidence in the staff team to deal with challenging situations
  • An increased belief in the ability of young people to take responsibility for their choices, and more people giving them opportunities to do so.



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Restorative Practices
Student, Family, and Community Support Department
727 Golden Gate Avenue, Floor 2
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 241-3030
Fax: (415) 241-6213

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