Virtue Based Restorative Discipline

(VBRD)

ICD is one of the largest archdiocesan schools to become certified in virtue-based restorative discipline. Harmful behavior among peers is a growing problem in our culture and VBRD seeks to address these issues through Catholic identity and restoring a safe, positive and welcoming environment for all.

The guiding principles for VBRD are:

  1. We will dedicate ourselves living in virtue.
  2. We will support others in living in virtue.
  3. We will commit to constructive thoughts, words, and deeds.
  4. When faced with challenges or conflict, we will find solutions that cultivate virtue in ourselves and for one another.

VRBD provides a virtues based approach to addressing harmful behavior. It holds students accountable for their actions while also asking them to take responsibility for restoring the relationship. “Of the schools that worked to implement VBRD with fidelity, 86% enjoyed a significant positive change in their school culture according to the year-end survey,” said Lynne M. Lang, Director of School Climate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in the St. Louis Review, in August 2013.

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