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‘Restorative Justice’ Key In Jefferson School Discipline Plan

When Jefferson Parish public school students acted out in school last year, they could expect a swift reprimand — even the prospect of being arrested, depending on the offense. This year, there will still be a reprimand, but a teacher might sit the student down to talk it out, apologize where appropriate and craft a plan for restitution, rather than simply having them suspended or arrested. 

That’s called a “restorative justice” practice, a discipline method soon to be implemented in Jefferson’s 80-plus schools. Over the next three months, administrators will teach school disciplinarians how best to apply those methods in classrooms, and will show faculty how and when to use law enforcement for classroom problems.