• Parent's Guide to Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS)




    What is Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)?

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a process for creating school environments thaat are more predictable and effective for achieviing academic and social goals. PBIS will enhance our current systems and practices for the better.


    PBIS is a school wide approach to discipline and process for creating safer and more effective schools. PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children bu developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving aa school's abiility to teach and support instructional time is more effectively used for teaching and the overall school enviroment is calm, safe and conducive to learning.


    How does it work?

    A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The majority of students follow the school's expectations, but PBIS helps us acknoledge their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practive, all teachers and staff members will use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. When some students do not respond to teaching of the behavioral rules, we will view it as an oportunity for re-teaching, not necessarily an opportunity to give out a consequence.


    How is PBIS different?

    • Focus is placed on acknowledging students for consistent positive behavior.
    • Significant emphasis is placed on instilling resposibility and integrety within our students.
    • Expectations are in place for all students, parents, staff, and settings. Such as the: Classroom, Hallways, Commons, playground and bathroom.
    • Teachers are acknowledge for noticing and promoting positive behavior.
    • Direct instruction of expected behaviors will occur throughout the school year.



    Examples of classroom managed behavior include cheating, classroom disruption, discrimination, dishonesty, disrespect towards property, disruptive transitions, inappropiate language, rude/disrespectful actions, teasing, uncooperative behavior/not folllowing directions, unsafe or rough play.

    Intervention and response strategies for classroom managed behaviors include but are not limited to verbal correction, loss of privileges, apology, conference with student, modeling and practacing appropiate behavior, behavior contracts, parent contact, and relocstion within the classroom.


    Examples of office managed behaviors include assault on peers/school personnel, directed use of profanity, disrespectful actions, fighting/physical aggression, harassment/ bullying, inappropiate touching, possession of weapon/illegal substances, theft, vandalism, chronic classroom behaviors. 

    Intervention and response strategies for office managed behavior include but are not limited to time out, loss of privileges, conference with student, parent contact, in- school and out-of school suspension. The district discipline matrix will be implemented if necessary.


    We look forward to working in partnership with you as we embrace the PBIS method. If you have questions please contact our school. Our administrative team will be glad to discuss the program in more depth with you.


    Wahitis Elementary School

    (509) 764-1200