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Reducing First-Period Tardies: Finding an Equitable Balance Between Standardized Consequences and Restorative Practices
“School culture is largely regarded as the “thing” that makes or breaks schools. It singlehandedly has the power to propel schools and students to be either wildly successful or catastrophic. School culture has been defined as “the set of norms, values, beliefs, rituals, ceremonies, symbols and stories that make up the ‘persona’ of the school” (“Is Your School’s”, 2014). It is something that schools have been trying to improve for decades. When a school is able to develop a strong culture, truly remarkable things happen—it is crucial to get right.