San Lorenzo Valley USD | BP 5138 Students
Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation
To promote student safety and contribute to the maintenance of a positive school climate, the Governing Board encourages the development of school-based conflict resolution programs designed to help students learn constructive ways of handling conflict. The Board believes that such programs can reduce violence and promote communication, personal responsibility and problem-solving skills among students.
Conflict resolution strategies shall be considered as part of each school's comprehensive safety plan and incorporated into other district discipline procedures as appropriate. Conflict resolution programs shall not supplant the authority of staff to take appropriate action as necessary to prevent violence, ensure student safety, maintain order in the school, and institute disciplinary measures.
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))
(cf. 6159.4 - Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students)
Schoolwide programs may include curriculum in conflict resolution, including, but not limited to, instruction in effective communication and listening, critical thinking, problem-solving processes and the use of negotiation to find mutually acceptable solutions. In addition, the curriculum may address students' ethical and social development, respect for diversity, and interpersonal and behavioral skills.
(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)
(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)
Conflict resolution programs may incorporate peer mediation strategies in which selected students are specially trained to work with their peers in resolving conflicts.
32295.5 Teen court programs
44807 Duty concerning conduct of students
Article 1, Section 28(c) Right to safe schools
Protecting Our Children: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, revised 1999
Safe Schools: A Planning Guide for Action, 1995
Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools: An Action Guide, 1996
U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS/
California Department of Education, Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/
Policy SAN LORENZO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: February 16, 2005 Ben Lomond, California