What is PBIS?handprint mural positive behavioral interventions and supports

PBIS is a nationally recognized school-wide initiative that stands for positive behavior intervention and supports program. This program has been successfully implemented at all levels in our district, from elementary school through high school.

PBIS focuses on the students who are “doing the right thing” and identifies students who are at-risk and in need of extra support for early intervention.

How does it work?

Prevention: Students are “caught” engaging in desired behavior and this behavior is regularly reinforced and recognized.

Response: Considerable thought and effort goes into getting the entire school community on the same page with respect to common definitions of, and the most effective response to problem behaviors.

Data-Driven: Discipline data is collected school-wide in a user-friendly format. The data provides guidance for understanding when and where problem behavior is more likely to occur.

Process: PBIS is not a curriculum or a prepackaged program. Rather, it is a framework that guides the school community through a process of addressing the unique culture, climate and behavioral issues within our school.

What can parents do to help?

Parents play an important role in their child’s education and social development. The link between families and positive behavioral interventions and supports is an important one. Here are some things you can do to support the PBIS program outside of school:

* Ask your child how they are doing in school

* Ask them what they can do to get recognized for something good. And praise them when they do!

* Check Parent Portal for academic progress frequently

* Call your child’s school:

  • MCSES: 518-828-4360, ext. 1112
  • JHS: 518-828-4360, ext. 8100 or 8308
  • HHS: 518-828-4360, ext. 3118