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Positive Ripple Effect of Restorative School Policy!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
1:45 PM
3:00 PM
Chesapeake 10-12


The South Portland School Department revised the substance use policy from out of school suspension to restorative response in May 2018. The ripple effect has been outstanding! Students are held accountable and underlying causes of substance use are addressed. Students complete an assessment and meet with the social worker, staff and parents to create a response plan: academic support, prevention education and community service. At the re-entry meeting, students have the opportunity to repair the harm they may have caused and plan for moving forward. Over 40 school staff took a 37.5 hour course in restorative mindset and a full-time coordinator works with students. An alcohol and drug counselor provides clinical assessments. Our athletic code is now restorative; athletes are not kicked off the team and can still attend practices. Our policy has informed Maine’s Department of Education and is now the model policy for all schools!

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Revise school policy from suspension to a restorative response.

2) Revise athletic and co-curricular codes of conduct.

3) Implement a Ripple Effect Mapping process.

30th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 16th Prevention Day


Lee Anne Dodge
Program Director
SoPo Unite-All Ages, All In
Liz Blackwell-Moore
Public Health Consultant
Birchlane Strategies
Kara Tierney-Trevor
Leadership Team member and Social Worker
SoPo Unite-All Ages, All In