Many school districts prioritize safety through a punishment model, focusing solely on avoiding harm and violence. Board ResolutionNo. 02/20-21 led to the revision of the SMFCSD safety plan with strategies for enhancing student learning, safety, and well-being through additional social/emotional supports, mental and behavioral health services, restorative practices, other wraparound supports. By embracing restorative practices, we challenge this mindset and shift towards a more proactive approach. Restorative practices encourage accountability, empathy, and personal growth.
Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Borel Middle School - Peace Room
San Mateo-Foster City School District
Why Schools Should Embrace Restorative Practices
The San Mateo-Foster City School District is in year 5 of a process aimed at creating equity and justice through systemic reforms. Since 2019, two long-standing groups, the Equity Task Force and the Sanctuary Task Force have played pivotal roles in pushing for these systemic changes. In 2020, the Board adopted Board Resolution No. 02/20-21 to Address the Perpetuation of the School to Prison Pipeline....
Discipline distribution comparison during the first 24 days of school.
SMFCSD prepared to adopt MOU with Foster City police
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An agreement is in the works between the Foster City Police Department and San Mateo-Foster City School District, outlining the roles and responsibilities of each agency when it comes to interacting with students. “This is an item we bring to the board after many months of work and many months of collaboration,” said Superintendent Diego Ochoa during a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday...
Marginalized students face unfair obstacles moving from the classroom to adulthood
Every student deserves a fair and equal opportunity to succeed in their education. Unfortunately, for far too many marginalized students, the journey from the classroom to adulthood is marred by a systemic barrier known as the school-to-prison pipeline. As a district, we have enlisted the power of restorative justice practices in interrupting this destructive cycle and creating a more equitable educational system...
SMFC invests over $2 million to fund new positions at 4 middle schools
Imagine being a student in need of immediate emotional support. Where would you go for help? We have committed to hiring more counselors and staff trained in restorative responses. The SMFCSD ensures that students have access to the help they need, when they need it. By investing over $2 million in more staff, the district has been able to provide students with the immediate services and support they deserve. With these new counselors and mental health clincians, we strive to create an environment that is nurturing and conducive to your emotional and academic growth...
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DIEGO R. OCHOA, SUPERINTENDENT
PATRICK GAFFNEY, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT/CBO
DIANA TAVARES, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
DAVID CHAMBLISS, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
DENNIS HILLS, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
DR. CHRISTIAN RUBALCABA, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP