Restorative Justice

Hello Santa Rosa High School Team!  My name is Mayra Gonzalez and I’m the new Restorative Specialist here as part of the implementation of BEST Plus within the Santa Rosa City School District. It is my honor to be working with you and your students to support, as well as create positive relationships and outcomes..

Restorative Practices is a framework for building community and for preventing and or responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue. The framework also helps all involved parties come to an understanding by giving them an equitable voice and making things as right as possible for restoring relationships. The strongest and most profound learning takes place when students, staff, teachers, parents and administration work together as a team and this is especially powerful when we work through our challenges together. The restorative practices range from informal to formal circle practices and processes depending on the severity of the harm done and impacted parties involved. This is a paradigm shift that provides a learning process for empathy, accountability, self-regulating, choices and perspectives that differ from our own. Learning through conflict can help heal impacted parties and a build the foundation for a successful life.

At this time, students and classroom challenges are to be referred to me through our Admin team using a Restorative Referral Form. My time will be split between Ridgway High School and Santa Rosa High School. Tuesday and Wednesday I will be at Ridgway High School and Thursday and Fridays i will be at Santa Rosa High School. We will continue to implement plans to decrease suspensions and expulsions,and  increase the safety of our school.

Our goal is to maintain an equitable school and classroom learning environment. Also, our goal is to increase attendance and support. The impact of working “with” instead of “to” or “for” establishes a shift in learning and promotes development. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and building relationships. I can be reached by district email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I’m excited to collaborate with Santa Rosa High helping give back to our community!

Restorative Specialist

 

Mayra Gonzales  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      528:5302

Mayra Gonzalez is the new Restorative Specialist here as part of the implementation of BEST Plus within the Santa Rosa City School District. She will be working parents and students to support, as well as create positive relationships and outcomes.