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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a program supported by the Atwater Elementary School District to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence. It is a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning. Our school is proud to be part of this exciting initiative! As part of the PBIS program, we have established several clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We will explicitly teach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently with positive acknowledgements for their great behavior. The expectations for all student behavior will be clear throughout our building and playground areas, cafeteria, and classrooms. By teaching our students the expected behaviors in a positive way, we will provide a common language for everyone in our building, including students, teachers, office staff and our paraprofessionals. We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a school community where all students have an environment where they can succeed and grow.

PBIS Steps

Step 1: Identify and Teach Expected Behavior
  • Identify three to five expectations across environments.
  • Provide examples of what behaviors are expected in all areas: cafeteria, bus, bathrooms, playground, etc.
  • Post the expectations throughout the building.
Teaching the behavioral expectations means that the school PBIS team must identify what the expectations are in different locations across the school day. The PBIS school team develops a teaching matrix of the behaviors expected. They will be different in different environments.The entire staff including the lunchroom and recess staff would teach all students these expectations through lessons, role-playing, and practice. Instead of punishing students for not following the expectations, staff would focus more on the positive (expected) behaviors through a reinforcement and acknowledgement system.

Step 2: Positively Reinforce and Reward Expected Behaviors

When students meet school-wide expectations, school staff will note their success with positive reinforcement. This might include praise or STAR Cards. It might include weekly drawings for rewards, special privileges, or recognition during student assemblies. All staff (principal, teachers, lunchroom staff, librarians, janitor, etc.) use the system.

Step 3: Enforce Meaningful Consequences for Violations

In addition to teaching and rewarding positive behaviors, the school will identify a consistent way to respond to problem behavior when it occurs. The strategies to address challenging behaviors will be shared with students, staff, and parents. This will help everyone to know what behaviors violate the expectations. Problem behaviors typically fall under the categories of minor or major problems.

Minor behaviors are dealt with by building staff or the classroom teacher.
Major violations are managed by the principal.