Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.
PBIS is based on learning rather than punishment. Students are expected to be responsible for their own actions in spite of the actions of others. Students are expected to be safe, be respectful, be peaceful and be responsible at Washington School.
Click the above link to see our School Wide Expectations. These are the expectations that you should remember to follow what you are here at Washington School.
For further information about this program and how it is being used across the nation click here to visit the official PBIS website!
The purpose of developing a School wide support system for student success is prevention.
There are three levels of supports that help prevent problem behavior. At the Primary level (green) we implement Universal Interventions which reach 80% of the students in our school. Our school has the Cool Tools Matrix, a proactive and preventative set of behaviors that are taught to all the students twice a year. At the Secondary level (yellow) we implement Targeted Group Interventions which reach 15% of the students in our school. They target specific at risk students in an efficient and rapid response manner. Finally, at the Tertiary level (red) we implement Intensive Individual Interventions which reach just 5% of students in a high intensity, individual and assessment based manner.
In the Primary group of students, regular opportunities to celebrate group and individual success are planned in a proactive way. Rewards (PAWS) are given to groups of children and individuals. We celebrate the success of our students through a weekly PAW raffle drawing.
For the Secondary group of students, staff members will serve as mentors to students who would benefit from a daily check in program. This group, often called the Yellow Team, provides support to students who need assistance with simple behavioral programs that have been developed by the group.
The Tertiary group will be assisted though highly reflective meetings between the family, the student, and the school staff. School behavior plans are then written based on the unique characteristic behaviors that student will need for increased academic and behavioral success.
The behaviors of our students are tracked using a referral form that will provide information about the severity of the behavior, location, consequence and level of parental interaction needed. If your child receives a referral, please sign it and send it back. It is also essential that you discuss the situation with our child. This information is maintained in a computerized program called SWIS. Monthly reviews of the forms are examined by the faculty. Problem solving process strategies are utilized to be proactive and timely about student discipline issues and determine what interventions or re-teaching should take place.
We are excited to promote our "Cool Tools" to our students during our weekly PBIS school assemblies. Please ask your children about the Cool Tools. We will also help students to notify their teachers about when children are being "bullied" at school. If you feel your child is being “bullied”, please email or send a note about the incident to their homeroom teacher. A staff member will contact you within 24 hours.
Thank you for your support as we strive to be Wonderful Wildcats!