PBIS Parent Materials
What are Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?
The goal of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to help parents and school staff create and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment that promotes positive life skills and reduces negative behaviors so that ALL children can succeed in school. PBIS focuses on both individual behavior and environmental factors and has proven more effective than punitive discipline strategies such as suspension and expulsion. PBIS programs can address issues such as bullying prevention, social skills development, resiliency building and discipline strategies.
How does PBIS work?
Applies behaviorally-based systems approaches to enhance the capacity of schools, families and communities to design effective environments in which teaching and learning can occur.
Focuses on creating and sustaining school-wide (primary), classroom (secondary) and individual (tertiary) supports that improve lifestyle results for all students by making problem behavior less effective, efficient and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.
Establishes a PBIS Team that guides the implementation of PBIS strategies.
Develops a set of core behavioral expectations for all students in the school.
Engages all students, school staff and parents in maintaining expectations and employing PBIS strategies.
Teaches those expectations across the areas of the school.
Provides reinforcements for compliance with the expectations.
Establishes a hierarchy of consequences as corrective procedures.
Collects data on the use of established procedures and the impact of those procedures on behavior.
Builds a set of procedures for maintaining PBIS strategies school-wide.
A Role for Parents
Parent involvement in all aspects of their child’s educational planning is key to the success of the child. When parents are actively involved in the educational activities of their children, the children are more successful in school. This is particularly true when there are behavioral concerns. Parent communication with the school and participation in school activities can provide academic and behavioral support as well as develop a healthy school climate.
How Can Parents Help?
Work to develop a positive school climate.
Participate in the PTO
Help teach your children the importance of school-wide expectations at home, at school and in the community.
Volunteer for school activities.
Support the teaching of and reinforcement of expectations in the home and community settings.
Work to gather community resources (earn funds, canvas local merchants, help with donations) for creating and maintaining the program.
Take part in your child’s classroom and encourage your child to follow school-wide expectations.
Celebrate your child’s successes.
If you would like to get involved or learn more, please contact the school principal.
Meghan Stewart, Principal
Resources for Families