Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) at School

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. PBIS is not a curriculum. PBIS is a collaborative process for assessment and development of effective interventions. It emphasizes the use of prevention and teaching reinforcement-based strategies to achieve meaningful outcomes. PBIS strives to build an effective environment in which positive behavior is more effective than problem behavior. It is a system approach to promoting positive students and staff behavior, that incorporates empirically validated practices.

PBIS works by focusing on the following:

  • Replacing behavior that is undesirable with new skills and behaviors.

  • Rewarding appropriate behavior by publicly acknowledging those good decisions with tangible and intangible rewards (i.e. prizes, time with favorite teachers).

  • Expectations and rules are posted throughout the building to remind students to work towards positive behaviors.

Parents are expected to review and discuss with their children what are appropriate behaviors. Our school-wide behavior will be focused on the common areas of the school, namely the hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, playground and buses. Each area will have a list of rules that the students will see displayed on the walls. (see School Expectations and Rules Matrix Form). It is highly recommended for parents to discuss this matrix with their children. We will have a reward system in place  used by the whole staff to acknowledge positive behaviors expected in school.

Student Expectations and Rules Matrix









Respect yourself and others

Move quietly through the halls

Be polite and use good manners

Use the bathroom, wash hands, throw trash in trash can and leave

Use good sportsmanship

Listen and follow directions of the driver. Treat others kindly

Voices are off and ears are listening to speakers

Act Safely

Walk on the right side of the hallway

Walk carefully with your tray

Use the bathroom for its intended purpose

Use equipment safely and in assigned area

Stay seated facing the front. Feet should be out of the aisle

Sit quietly with legs crossed. Keep hands to yourself. Walk in a line when leaving.

Model Responsibility

Keep the school clean and neat

Use cafeteria time to eat

Keep bathroom neat and clean

Keep up with school playground equipment and personal items.

Keep bus clean and safe

Keep eyes forward on the speaker and follow directions given