The Verona Area School District Board of Education is currently reviewing the behavior and discipline plans for each of the 11 schools in the school district. Following review, the board will make a recommendation moving toward a more consistent approach to behavior and discipline district wide. For more information on each of the schools' behavior and discipline programs in place, please visit each individual school webpage from this website.
Our goal of preparing all learners (students) for college, careers, and civic life cannot be met without first creating safe schools where effective teaching and learning can take place. Simply put, no school can be a great school — and ultimately prepare all students for success — if it is not first a safe school.
Current positive approaches used by the Verona Area School District include:
•The Nurtured Heart Approach
is a culturally responsive, relationship-focused approach for helping children (and adults) build their Inner Wealth® and use their intensity in successful ways. Over the last two years, more than 100 staff members have volunteered to attend Nurtured Heart Approach trainings. In Summer 2015, 12 teachers attended a five-day training to become a Nurtured Heart trainer for the school district. Currently, these trainers will be providing trainings in their own schools to additional teaching staff. In the future, parents will be offered workshops, so stay tuned for dates.
is a culturally responsive approach that uses community circles to proactively build relationships and a sense of community to prevent conflict. A community circle is proactive, building relationships with kids and increasing positive interaction, reducing the number and frequency of negative interactions. Over 40 district staff members attended Restorative Practices trainings over the 2015 summer. This Fall, these staff members have shared their training with staff who are now using the circles approach with learners back in their own schools. Ongoing training will continue and feel free to ASK ABOUT CIRCLES AT YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL.
•Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
(PBIS) is a culturally responsive multi-level system of support to ensure the success for all students. PBIS is a process for creating safer, more effective schools by reinforcing positive behavior and preventing and addressing problem behavior. Currently, all of the Verona Area District Schools utilize various portions of the PBIS system. A handful of the district's schools are designated as an actual PBIS school.
•Non Violent Crisis Intervention
(NVIS) is a culturally responsive program that places an emphasis on preventive techniques and verbal de-escalation, leading to fewer disruptive incidents. More than 100 staff members have taken part in training on NVIS, which offers ongoing trainings.
Even though national rates of school violence have decreased overall, many schools are still struggling to create the nurturing, positive, and safe environments needed to boost student achievement and success. No student or adult should feel unsafe or unable to focus in school, yet this is often a reality. Simply relying on suspensions and expulsions, however, is not the answer to creating a safe and productive school environment. Unfortunately, a significant number of students are removed from class each year — even for minor infractions of school rules — due to exclusionary discipline practices, which disproportionately impact students of color and students with disabilities.
Again, the school district is visiting behavior and discipline plans from all 11 schools and will be working extensively on a district plan to maintain our mission of a safe, but successful, environment for all. Also taken into consideration is the U.S Dept. of Education RESOURCE GUIDE ON SCHOOL CLIMATE & DISCIPLINE
. Find additional information on this subject at: www.ed.gov/school-discipline