The main objective of applying restorative practices in Blue Valley is to contribute in repairing or building relationships and to strengthen the sense of community. Restorative practices can take the following forms:
1. Circles to facilitate expression of feelings, to obtain information about a situation and strengthen bonds among students.
2. Academic circles (sequential), so that students can give their opinion about an academic topic, or to find out how much they know before introducing it.
3. Small impromptu conference, used to solve conflicts at the precise moment they occur.
4. Restorative conference, the most formal of all, requires planning and preparation of the participants. It is used to address specific incidents in which there is a clear offender/s and victim/s. Its goal is to restore the relationship and repair the harm.
Circles are part of daily life at Blue Valley. Depending on the severity of the situation, it is up to the guidance counselors to decide if parents are communicated of their use in their child’s class. In the case of restorative conferences, parents are always informed before they take place.