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What is Positive Behavior Interventions  & Supports (PBIS)?

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


How does it work?

A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The majority of students follow the school’s expectations, but are never acknowledged for their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, 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 opportunity for re-teaching, not just punishment.


Does it make a difference?

The PBIS model is a research based strategy that is supported by the state of North Carolina and the federal Department of Education. The 3-tiered approach reduces problem behavior as a barrier to student achievement. We only have 180 days each year to advance academic progress, so instructional time is very valuable. Research shows that schools following the PBIS model recover thousands of hours of instructional time and, on average, four days of student instruction per year.


What Can You Do to Help Your Child Stay on the Path to Positive Behavior?

  • Review the Cardinal RED Core Values with your student.: Be Respectful, Engaged, Dedicated
  • Ask your student about his/her day at school every day.
  • Make sure your student is ready every day. Ensure a goodnight’s sleep.
  • Provide a quiet time and space for your student to do homework nightly.
  • Keep in touch with your student’s teachers.
  • Encourage your student to use appropriate language and tone.
  • Practice positive phrases with our
  • student, such as, “Thank you,”   “Excuse me,” “Please,” and “I’m sorry.”
  • Be a visible part of your student’s high school life.

How is PBIS different from other school behavior programs ?

  • The program is focused on acknowledging students for consistent positive behavior.
  • There are expectations for all students, parents, staff, and settings.
  • Teachers are acknowledged for noticing positive student behavior.
  • Direct instruction of expected behaviors will occur throughout the school year.
  • Routines and language with respect to appropriate school behavior are consistent throughout the school.
  • Students are rewarded for expected behavior by staff with Cardinal RED cards that that are used for special drawings for prizes.
  • Problem behavior will be responded to with consistent consequences that are focused on re-teaching the expected behaviors.


Teaching Expectations

Throughout the school year, students will be taught how to behave according to the three expectations. Teachers will help students learn what the expectations “look” and “sound” like in every setting during the school day. These lessons will be re-taught and reinforced throughout the school year, and become a regular part of our instructional program. program



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