Chicago Public Schools announced in a press release today that
the number of in-school arrests related to the most serious
infractions was reduced by nearly 25 percent during the 2011-2012
school year compared to the previous year. Arrests related to all
infractions were reduced by 23.6 percent. The total number of the
most serious infractions went down by 15.1 percent while the number
of all infractions went down by 13.6 percent.
CPS CEO Barbary Byrd-Bennett said the results can be linked back
to new holistic approaches the district took during the school
"Our mission relies on creating safe and warm environments for
CPS students to support their academic success," said Byrd-Bennett.
"CPS has made significant progress in reducing arrests and all
school-based incidents by improving the culture of our schools and
building positive relationships among students and staff. We are
encouraged about this progress and will continue to support our
school leaders and staff in the great work they are doing for our
In addition to the holistic approaches taken during the past
school year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed Byrd-Bannett to have all
CPS principals review their existing school emergency management
plans this past weekend. Emanuel said he hopes to reinforce the
importance that all procedures are in place to support students and
maintain their safety.
The new holistic approach was part of a partnership with it's
Offices of Safety and Security (OSS) and Youth Developments and
Positive Behavior Supports (YDPBS). Through the new approach,
schools began taking proactive action to prevent negative behavior
before it could develop into more serious incidents. CPS schools
were provided with tools and training to help develop student's
social and emotional skills to help create more positive school
Some of the strategises that were taken within the holistic
The CPS district also worked with community organiztions to
improve the Student Code of Conduct and promote behavioral supports
and disciplinary consequences that would hopefully keep students in
the classroom. So far, CPS has seen the following results:
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