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Office of Climate & Culture

Phone: 831-784-2273

Fax: 831-753-4974

Email: rzavala@salinascity.k12.ca.us


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Welcome to the office OF School Climate & Culture!

If you are wondering what we do and how we serve our students and staff, we invite you to continue reading. The SCC office collaborates with school, district, county, community organizations and stakeholders to advance supports and interventions for all students in the SCESD. Our staff provides training, technical assistance, monitoring, as well as, policy development by working collaboratively with district wide staff and the community at large.

Our School Climate & Culture office facilitates the ongoing development and maintenance of Restorative Justice practices district wide.  We collaboratively build systems addressing behaviors, strengthening relationships, focusing on empathy, as well as, building social skills necessary for academic and life long success. We also train, develop, implement, and maintain Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports at the student, classroom, school-wide and district levels. 

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Restorative Justice Partners, Incorporated

Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. (RJP, Inc.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. RJP, Inc. uses restorative justice principles to create alternative dispute resolution programs that foster empathy, accountability and restoration of fairness to victims and community in Monterey County.  Their trained volunteers work with businesses and youthful offenders, government and nonprofit agencies to resolve conflicts and restore justice. They extend this work by teaching these skills to educators and school children in an effort to end violence and bullying in our schools, and the school to prison “Pipeline to Prison.”

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

PBIS is training and support on a systemic implementation of a decision-making framework for positive social culture in a school or district. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based behavioral practices for improving important behavior outcomes for all students. PBIS is not a curriculum, intervention or practice, but instead is a collaboration between district and school staff in designing behavioral support systems at each tier of an RtI2 system.


Playworks is a district-wide initiative that focusses on positive behavioral interactions between students and staff during recess time. Moreover, it believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every child. Playworks creates a place for every child on the playground. It doesn't matter if children have never learned or played games before. They ensure our children have a place that is safe and welcoming - where they can play, thrive and contribute. The primary goal of Playworks is that every child takes this positive experience back to the classroom and back to their communities.

All district and site administration has been trained in Playworks, as have several members of our educational services staff. We are working towards full implementation at each of our 13 school sites. Currently there are openings for noon duty Supervisor of Activities (HASAs) at several of our school sites. We are in need of several lunch time HASAs. If you are interested in becoming a substitute (on-call) HASA, please contact Kathy Parra in personnel at   (831)784-2203.


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Rafael Zavala

Administrator, School Climate & Culture

Becky Nelson

PBIS Coach

Janet Bravo