All students at St. Francis of Assisi School participate in the Virtue Based Restorative Discipline Program or VBRD. This program highlights virtues and promotes a culture of kindness.
Virtue Based Restorative Discipline
- A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
- The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline offers St. Francis of Assisi teachers, parents, and students a way to cultivate virtue while repairing harm from bullying and other hurtful behaviors.
Goals of Restorative Discipline:
- To understand the harm and develop empathy for both parties
- To listen and respond to the needs of both parties
- To encourage accountability and responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative planning process
In June 2015, St. Francis of Assisi School was designated a VBRD School of Distinction! St. Francis of Assisi School spent three years earning their annual certification to be considered a VBRD School. Lynne Lang, and the Archdiocese of Saint Louis recognized that St. Francis of Assisi School continually goes over and beyond what is expected from the program. Our commitment to educate our students, our parents and our staff to understand harm, to respond to the needs of all parties, to understand the need to repair harm and return to goodness and to attempt to lead a virtuous life was exemplary. During the 2014—15 School Year St. Francis of Assisi School VBRD theme Evangelization: Learn It, Live It Share It was a uniting force for our community. The theme for the 2015-16 school year is a simple, but powerful one – Prayer!