Restorative Justice

Our Restorative Justice project focuses on accountability, character development, and school and community safety.

Restorative justice practice is a philosophy based on a set of principles for responding to harm and wrongdoing that is victim-centered and focuses on offender accountability to those who were harmed, and to the laws or rules that were broken. Restorative justice is a formal process facilitated by trained, skilled facilitators that brings together those impacted by wrongdoing to discuss the incident, understand who has been affected and to create an agreement for reparation of harm.

Our Restorative Justice project has three main goals:

  • Accountability. Restorative Justice provides direct opportunities for students who have harmed others to be accountable to those they have harmed, including themselves and their families.
  • Character Development. The practice of Restorative Justice recognizes the need to educate students who have harmed others about the effects of disruptive behavior on those harmed, as well as on the school community. Participants in a restorative discipline process learn the underlying factors that lead to making poor decisions. They practice social skills and learn self-improvement strategies that encourage better decision-making in the future.
  • School and Community Safety. The practice of Restorative Justice recognizes the need to keep the school and community safe by building relationships that strengthen the school social structure. Restorative Justice creates opportunities for community involvement in the resolution of wrongdoing, and empowers students and staff members to take personal responsibility for the well-being of the school community.

Contact Information

Stefan Mascoll
Coordinator
Student Safety and Wellness Office
571-423-4270
SMascoll@fcps.edu

Vickie Shoap
Restorative Justice Specialist II
571-423-4278
vrshoap@fcps.edu