JCPS to expand another method of discipline

Updated: Dec. 14, 2016 at 12:13 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As suspension numbers rise within the Jefferson County Public School district, school leaders said they are continuing to work on discipline methods that will improve student behavior.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Katy Zeitz said the school system will be working toward expanding restorative practices and Positive Behavior Intervention Systems, or PBIS, within the district.

They'll now add Waggener High School, Knight Middle School and Shacklette Elementary School as lab sites to test the program. Ultimately, by summer 2017, 14 more schools will also test out the program.

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Alternative school Minor Daniels Academy implemented the program and 2015 and the principal said the focus on empathy and student needs has produced results.
"We haven't had any complaints about how we treat our kids. That's been the biggest thing with restorative practices. We haven't had any complaints," Minor Daniels Academy Principal Don Dillard said.

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Suspension numbers rose from 4,400 suspensions in November 2015 and 6,338 suspensions in November 2016.

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