Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Parent Letter

Posted by Samantha Eck on 8/28/2017 9:00:00 AM

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our school is participating in an important district initiative. It is called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).

What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Support?
PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.

What is PBIS at Rohrerstown Elementary?
We have adopted a unified set of classroom rules. These rules define our expectations for behavior in our school. You will see these rules posted throughout the school and your child has been learning them during his or her first weeks at school. Our unified classroom rules, found in every classroom and non-classroom setting in the school, are as follows:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Ready 

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To help students learn and follow the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

When the students are demonstrating they know, understand, and practice the rules they may be “caught” by a teacher and given a Lion’s Pride Ticket. That ticket is placed on our Lion’s Pride 200 board with the opportunity to receive a Mystery Motivator prize. The student will also sign our digital celebrity binder and a phone call will be made home so that parents and guardians are aware that their student was recognized for following the school wide rules. This process will happen continually throughout the school year.

We also have a school-wide system for positive discipline:

  • Students will be given verbal reminders of expectations across school settings.
  • If repeated reminders to follow the school rules are given the student may receive an infraction slip (see attached).
  • The infractions are documented and if a student receives three within a month an intervention is put in place to help correct the behavior.
  • When an intervention is going to be implemented a phone call home will be made to make parents aware of the behavior and the intervention that will be put in place.
  • Any serious violation of a school rule will be directly addressed with the principal.
  • Major and Minor infractions will be sent home and require a parent signature.

If you have questions about Positive Behavior Support, please feel free to contact Carrie Wilson (School Counselor), Jackie Jones (Instructional Support Teacher), or Kathy Swantner (Principal). We are looking forward to recognizing our students in a positive way and making lots of phone calls home this year (last year we made over 1,200 positive calls home).